Alex Smith Says The Way Packers Have Treated Rodgers Is ‘Inexcusable’

Alex Smith knows a thing or two about being mistreated by an NFL organization. The recently retired quarterback didn’t have a good break up with the Washington Football Team, but he also knows what it feels like to be treated well.

Back when he was with the Kansas City Chiefs, the coaching staff and front office kept him in the loop as they went through the process of finding someone else to be the long-term option at the position. Of course, we all know that option ended up being Patrick Mahomes. Smith was in the know, and that’s a sign of respect.

His experience is also a major reason why he doesn’t agree with the way the Green Bay Packers handled drafting Nevada quarterback Jordan Love in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Smith recently described Green Bay’s behavior as “inexcusable” during an appearance on The Herd with Colin Cowherd. Check it out.

The counter argument here is simple: the Packers have done a lot to build around Rodgers. They’ve provided him with some good weaponry and a rock solid offensive line over the years.

But as OutKick founder Clay Travis pointed out recently, the organization has made 10 first-round picks since 2011. How many of those were spent on an offensive player? Just one, which was Love — the eventual replacement for Rodgers.

Still, that isn’t even Smith’s point.

The former No. 1 pick compared a personal experience with the way Green Bay has treated Rodgers in regards to drafting Love. Rodgers has been with the organization for 16 years, but the front office decided to let Rodgers find out like everyone else that they were executing a plan to eventually replace him? Smith finds that “inexcusable.”

Kansas City certainly treated Smith much better after only five seasons than Green Bay has treated Rodgers after sixteen.

That doesn’t mean the Packers have done nothing for Rodgers over the years. It just means they handled this situation poorly, and it could end up costing them.

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Written by Clint Lamb

Clint Lamb is a College Football Writer for OutKick. Managing Editor for Roll Tide Wire. Sports radio host for The Bullpen on 730/103.9 The UMP. Co-host for The 'Bama Beat podcast through The Tuscaloosa News and


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  1. Hmmm, so the Packers drafted him when nobody else wanted him (in Rd 1) even while they still have a HOF QB (Favre)…then they chose him over Favre when Favre wanted to continue his career in GB…then they’ve paid him $200M+ during his career in GB…I wish someone would treat me in such an “inexcusable way”. Yes, Rodgers did his part and earned these things, I get that. But just because they didn’t call him before they drafted Love, doesn’t make the Packers GM an awful person. It’s business…get over it Alex.

    • No kidding, it almost makes me angry to read or hear this garbage. The truth is, they drafted the dude more than a year ago…this is all because Rodgers choked against interception machine Brady in the NFC championship. Immediately after the loss, this whining prima dona shifted the focus toward the GB front office for his failure. He’s such a victim.

  2. Oh please how about mr sensitive Honor the contract He signed and Agreed to including accepting the 55 million dollar signing bonus GB has paid this dude a fortune over his career for ONE SB ten years ago. They gave him a team good enough last year to almost get into the SB but the real deal dude brought his first year team into Lambeau from a wildcard spot no less and whipped his butt then went on to claim his 7th ring. No excuses Rodgers just did not get it done and his behavior now toward his team and teammates speaks volumes about the guy pretty pathetic stuff.

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