Za’Darius Smith can’t wait for the 2022 season opener for personal reasons.

The Minnesota Vikings edge rusher left the Green Bay Packers on bad terms during the offseason, 

only to sign with a divisional rival so he can face his former team twice a year.

Smith recently told Tyler Dunne of Go Long that his relationship with the team went south after opting to have surgery on his back during the 2021 season.

He tried to play through the injury in last year’s season-opening loss to the New Orleans Saints

but was placed on injured reserve after just 18 snaps.

The Packers were without Smith for the rest of the regular reason. 

He eventually returned for the team’s divisional playoff game but said something had changed inside the building to make him feel unwelcomed.

This, according to Smith, is why he chose to sign with the Vikings.

The Vikings then swooped in and inked Smith to a three-year deal worth $42 million.