After a busy first day of free agency, the Packers announced that they will be bringing back wide receiver Jake Kumerow for one more year. The Packers are still searching for a good number two receiver, but keeping Kumerow ensures that there is some depth to the position.
Jake Kumerow first joined the Packers in 2017. He was signed onto the practice squad right before the last game of the season. Originially, Kumerow was an undrafted free agent who spent time with the Bengals and Patriots practice squads before joining Green Bay. His father, Eric Kumerow, was a first-round pick by the Miami Dolphins in 1988. In addition, his cousins, Nick and Joey Bosa, are defensive forces in the NFL today.
Kumerow played in 14 games last season, the most in his career. He registered 12 catches for 219 yards and one touchdown. While these stats are not “eye-popping,” Kumerow does have one fan whose opinion matters to the Packers front office: Aaron Rodgers. “I’m a big fan of him,” Rodgers said of Kumerow during training camp last year. Kumerow still has room to grow as a receiver. However, Rodgers’ faith in him was enough to offer him a deal for this upcoming season.
Kumerow was offered the minimum salary tender as an exclusive rights free agent. It is still unclear as to who the Packers starting receivers will be along with Davante Adams. Geronimo Allison remains unsigned, though he may not be brought back.
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