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.