Packers add Kurt Benkert to quarterback room

Packers add Kurt Benkert to quarterback room

The Green Bay Packers signed Kurt Benkert on Saturday, the second quarterback added to the roster this week amid uncertainty over MVP Aaron Rodgers’ future with the franchise.

Benkert, 25, was brought in for a tryout during this weekend’s rookie minicamp. He spent the last three years with the Atlanta Falcons, primarily on the practice squad.

Benkert announced his signing on Twitter, posting a photo of himself signing a contract. Terms were not disclosed.

“The best advice I can give anyone is to believe in yourself. @packers,” he wrote. “I’m so thankful.”

Undrafted out of Virginia in 2018, the 6-foot-4, 220-pound Benkert has never played in a regular season NFL game.

The Packers signed veteran passer Blake Bortles earlier this week.

Bortles, 29, was the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 draft by Jacksonville and is 24-49 as a starter with 17,649 passing yards, 103 touchdowns and 75 interceptions in 78 games with the Jaguars (2014-18) and Los Angeles Rams (2019).

Rodgers, coming off his third MVP award in his 16th season with Green Bay in 2020, reportedly has told members of the organization that he doesn’t want to play for the Packers anymore.

Among the 37-year-old Rodgers’ reported beefs with the team are the Packers’ selection of quarterback Jordan Love with their first-round pick in 2020 instead of a player who could make an instant contribution, as well as their failure to come to terms on a contract extension with him.

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