Packers to sign Jimmy Graham, cutting Jordy Nelson

Arnold Nichols
March 14, 2018

Nelson's age and injury history are concerning, but the wideout has been an above-average, borderline elite pass-catcher for six years.

After the Green Bay Packers announced they released the veteran wide receiver Tuesday, Jordan Schultz of Yahoo Sports reported Nelson was "targeting" the New England Patriots as a possible destination and "knew he was being released".

Over the course of his nine-year career with Green Bay, Nelson amassed 550 receptions for 7,848 yards and 69 touchdowns. The Seahawks traded for him before the 2015 season, giving up Max Unger and a first round pick for Graham and a fourth rounder. In 2016, Nelson notched 97 catches for 1,257 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Jordy Nelson is a free-agent.

Brian Gutekunst said on his first day at the job that unlike his mentor who believed nearly exclusively in draft-and-develop, Gutekunst realizes he will need to dive in much more often in the free agency pool.

To some surprise, he is instead signing with the Green Bay Packers, according to multiple reports Tuesday afternoon.

It's a harsh reality in the National Football League but today's decision by Green Bay Packers General Manager Brian Gutekunst to release popular veteran wide receiver Jordy Nelson still came as a jolt.

Nelson took a major step back this past season when Rodgers was lost for the season, and Brett Hundley took over as the starting quarterback.

The tag for tight ends will run teams around $10 million this year, but Graham was already making that.

Catching touchdowns is really Graham's best asset, as he had 10 last season - including nine in an eight-game flourish around midseason. Nelson, 33, likely still has one decent pay day left in him.

"For me, it's a lot of teams out there who not only have interest in me, but who I have interest in", Robinson told Schein. "But from what I've heard about Chicago, it's an incredible city and football town".

Still. Nelson's 10 years with the Packers was historically productive. The way he snapped around to catch back-shoulder passes from Rodgers was unmatched. He later was honored as the NFL Comeback Player of the Year.

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