Today, teams change constantly. Unlike strategies in the past, today we want to win now, and if our team doesn’t, we want something changed immediately. Look at LeBron James with the Cavs. He left Cleveland to go win (now). He wanted a title, so he left his home state of Ohio for that reason. Of course he returned, but many fans burned his jersey and felt betrayed. With the NFL, this can be relatable to the Brett Favre situation. He wanted to keep playing football, and the Packers had moved on to the new, and young Aaron Rodgers. With NFL teams changing constantly from year to year, it is more about the money than ever before. NFL teams want us to buy a player’s jersey, buy their Fathead, and get gear that will identify us as Packers fans. Sometimes we get attached to a player, and feel sad or angry that a player chose to sign with another team. Sometimes we are happy when a player leaves. The infamous Brandon Bostick play in the 2015 NFC Championship Game proves it. For Packers fans, that has to be one of the hardest defeats in recent history to watch. With the Packers shedding off players for more cap space, or a younger player, it can be difficult to keep following a player after he has left the Packers. Here is a look at former Packers around the league, and some from the Canadian Football League, and how they are playing with their new teams:
Scott Tolzien was not drafted in the NFL Draft after his senior season at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2010. He did, however, sign with the San Diego Chargers until he was cut from the team while the Chargers configured their 53-man roster for the 2011 season. He was eventually picked up by the San Francisco 49-ers on waivers for the 2011d season. For the next few seasons he was the third string quarterback, and actually was on the 49-ers Super Bowl roster when they played the Seattle Seahawks in 2013. Finally, he was picked up by the Packers on waivers after the “Harbowl” Super Bowl matchup season. Playing in Green Bay, he started two games for the Packers in the 2013 season—the season that Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone and ended up leading the Packers to win the NFC North anyways. He officially never won a game with the Packers, but he did tie with the Vikings at Lambeau field in 2013. Tolzien eventually became a free agent and signed with the Indianapolis Colts on a 2-year, $3.5 million deal. He is currently Andrew Luck’s backup quarterback, and has started one game with the Colts, as Luck has been banged up the past few years with a struggling offensive line. Tolzien’s stats with the Colts so far are 23 for 37, 216 yards and 1 touchdown, all in his one start with the Colts in 2016.
Signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2005 as an undrafted free agent, John Kuhn is every NFL hopeful’s perfect story. Kuhn has two Super Bowl rings, and has played in three pro-bowls. In 2007, he was picked up by the Packers after being released by Pittsburgh. In his nine-year career with the Packers, John Kuhn scored a total of fifteen touchdown, eight of them coming in 2010, and 2011. Kuhn has always been a fan favorite in Green Bay, so much so that his replacement, Aaron Ripkowski, is still cheered on just like John Kuhn was when Ripkowski runs the ball. The Packers eventually parted ways with John Kuhn in early 2016, making way for the younger Aaron Ripkowski. Kuhn did sign a deal with the New Orleans Saints, where he still plays today. Kuhn played in fifteen total games with the Saints in 2016, matching his career high in TD’s scored with four. He should still lead the way for the Saints, being the hard-hitting blocker and runner that he is.
Jared Abbrederis, like the newly drafted Vince Biegel, is every Wisconsinite’s dream. Grow up in Wisconsin, play for the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and then get drafted by their hometown team. Jared was drafted by the Packers in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Unfortunately, right before Jared’s rookie season in 2014, he tore his ACL. When he fully recovered and was ready to play in 2015, he received a concussion, and that set him back even more than he already was. For Jared, he is an amazing route runner, and a fantastic athlete; just the injuries were too much for him, and too much for the Packers. Jared never did catch a touchdown in the regular season as a Packer. His total regular season stats with the Packers were 18 targets, 10 receptions, and 119 total yards. Abbrederis was eventually waived by the Packers in 2016 due to injury, and signed a reserves/future contract with the Detroit Lions, and looks to make the squad next season.
Josh Sitton was drafted by the Packers in the 4th round of the 2008 draft. With other star lineman, like David Bakhtiari, coming in the 4th round, Ted Thompson struck gold with Sitton. Sitton is a 4x Pro-Bowler, and a Super Bowl champion. In the year the Packers won the Super Bowl, NFL Alumni Association named Sitton Offensive Lineman of the year, which is not a surprise. Sitton endured one of the most shocking endings of a career in Green Bay when he was released by the Packers in 2016. He was eventually signed by the arch-rival Chicago Bears. The Bears acquired one of the best lineman currently playing in the NFL, and the Packer nation was shocked. Sitton started twelve total games with Chicago in 2016. It should be interesting to see how much he plays next season, and how much success the Bears might have now that they have Mike Glennon and Mitchell Trubisky as their quarterbacks.
Just like many other WR’s, Jarrett Boykin made the Packer squad in 2012 as an Undrafted Free Agent. Boykin had 5 receptions for 27 yards in his rookie season with the Packers. He earned his way onto the team, like everyone else. In his sophomore season in 2013, he upped his stats to a total of 49 receptions, 681 yards, and 3 touchdown catches, that is pretty impressive being that he was an undrafted free agent. In 2014, however, he only had 3 receptions for 23 yards. After the 2014 season, Boykin didn’t pan-out well, was banged up with injuries, so the Packers let him go. He then signed a one-year contract with the Carolina Panthers, then was released, then signed a contract with the Buffalo Bills, and was also released. He now is on the practice squad for the Calgary Stampeders, in the Canadian football league.
Brandon Bostick signed with the Packers in 2012 as an Undrafted Free Agent. Although he spent his entire rookie year on the practice squad, he made it onto the active 53-man roster in 2013. He had 7 receptions for 120 yards in his sophomore season, hauling in just one touchdown catch. In 2014, he did not have near the offensive production for the Packers, he had 2 catches for 3 yards, and a touchdown nonetheless. However, as we all remember on that dreaded day against the Seattle Seahawks. Brandon Bostick missed his assignment, and pretty much costed the Packers another attempt at a Super Bowl title. He now plays with the New York Jets. In 2016, he had 8 receptions for 63 yards. Hopefully, Bostick can end his career on a positive note, and help the Jets make it to the playoffs.
Jeremy Ross was originally signed by the Indianapolis Colts, but was later released and picked up by the Pack. He was promoted to the active roster soon after being picked up by the Packers. Now nobody wants to bash on Jeremy Ross, but he did cost the Packers twelve or fourteen points. He muffed a punt and fumbled a kickoff which both led to a touchdown for the other team, one of which was against the 49er’s in a playoff game in 2013. After he muffed the kickoff, the Packers basically gave him the boot and he signed with the Detroit Lions in 2013. After he was released by the Lions in 2015, he has played for the Ravens, Raiders, Jets, and he is now with the Cardinals, in which he signed a one-year contract. His career totals come out to 43 receptions, 506 yards, and 3 touchdowns.
Myles White made it onto the Packers squad as an undrafted free agent in 2013. He had 9 receptions for 66 yards in his rookie season with the Packers. It looked like Myles was going to pan out and be an effective wide out when they released him to make room for James Jones in 2015. Since then, White has played for the Giants, Jets, Buccaneers, and he is back with the Jets again for a second time. The Green Bay Packers have been through many receivers in the past five years. It just goes to show that a good quarterback like Aaron Rodgers can take a team a long ways. White’s career stats amount to 16 receptions for 154 yards, and one touchdown.