Alright, there wasn’t really a memo, but Jarrett Bush got the message loud and clear.
The Green Bay Packers are going in a different direction.
Bush, who continues to work out in hopes of landing another NFL contract, knows he won’t be back with the team he played all nine of his NFL seasons with. The Packers’ draft made that clear.
“They’ve got some young guys and it seems like that’s the direction they want to go,” said Bush. “I’ve got a lot of respect for those guys and a lot of love for them. If they come calling, I’m going to come running. But at the same time, I can’t wait around. I have a family that has to eat. If need be, I’ll have to open up a new chapter of my career and I’m OK with that.”
This is one of things we hate about how the Packers conduct their business. They don’t have the courtesy to pick up the phone and tell a guy, hey, we’re not going to bring you back this season, but thanks for all your hard work. Instead, they just say and do nothing and then when Mike McCarthy is asked about the guy, he tells a story about how “the door isn’t closed” or “of course I want him back.”
Sure, it’s their prerogative. We just have no respect for that path, especially when it comes to guys who have spent years with the team.
It happened with Ryan Pickett, Johnny Jolly and Jermichael Finley last year. It happened with Bush this year.
Maybe I’m being an over-sensitive teat in thinking that these guys are owed that small courtesy, but I really don’t think so.
At any rate, Bush obviously still wants to play.
“I want to play as long as I can. Obviously I can’t play forever. But until that window closes, I’m going to ride it until the wheels fall off.”
He says he’s had some interest from Tampa, Detroit and the Giants. Of course, no contract yet and if an offer doesn’t come soon, that’s probably the end of the line for our boy Jerry Bush.
“I have a family that has to eat” ….seriously dude? If this dumbass could manage his fucking money, he’d be set for life.
“Maybe I’m being an over-sensitive teat in thinking that these guys are owed that small courtesy…”
You ARE indeed being an oversensitive “teat”, but it’s not just with respect to this issue, more like the general issues of the world in general. Hey, McMahon, anyone in there? The NFL is a business and the Packers are definitely not the only team that operates this way. Furthermore, how do you know what’s said behind closed doors (and I’m not talking about the closet ones you hide behind and send text messages to Tom Cruise R. Kelly)?
On another note, all the best to Bush. The dude had his ups and downs (especially early in his career), but he owned as a gunner and overall human being, and even had a handful of very significant defensive plays-not many can say that. Good luck and thanks for the memories (some of them at least), Jarrett.
One of the few that knew how to tackle.
well, people want the Packers to be this cute little small town mid American team thats all kind and politically correct all the time but they aren’t a lot of the time…just as cutthroat as any other team it seems…
$$ talks, BS walks. good luck to Bush. would love to have him back, but not at the expense of a rising younger player. He got a ring with us, made the highlight reel in SB 45, and contributed a ton on ST and a bit on D. A better career than most NFL 2nd stringers.
I don’t think its in the interest of the Packers to show that they still have interest in an unsigned player they might consider signing later if things don’t work out with the newer and younger players they have acquired. If they show they still have interest, other teams might sign them. It sucks for that player, but that’s the way a good manager would play it.