Packers Make Surprising Decision About Jordy Nelson


The net result is that Green Bay will replace Nelson by signing free-agent tight end Jimmy Graham (according to ESPN).

Nelson has caught 550 passes for 7,848 yards and 69 touchdowns in his career, playing all ten seasons in Green Bay. Teams can not officially sign players until Wednesday, March 14, but a big chunk of high profile free agents have already reached agreements with new teams. Granted it's near impossible to put 10 years of experience into a lost season, but nothing even close to Nelson's past had emerged, and many wondered if Nelson was done. Raised by Ron Wolf as young Green Bay Packers.

The Packers officially released wide receiver Jordy Nelson on Tuesday afternoon and General Manager Brian Gutekunst said in a statement that the franchise looks "forward to his eventual induction into the Packers Hall of Fame".

Graham was the highest-paid tight end in the league, and that likely won't change this season.

The news came the same day the Packers reportedly chose to sign tight end Jimmy Graham.

"I kind of like that they're actually making moves because from what I know they don't sign a whole lot of people in free agency, so it's nice to see that they're going out there and spending a little bit of money before Aaron Rodgers gets it all", Ray Downey of Green Bay said. Last season, he caught 39 passes for 593 yards and eight touchdowns in 15 games with the Rams.

Understandably, the former Pro Bowler had no interest in slashing his income by over $8 million.

With Graham, the Packers will try to replicate what they got from the tight end position in 2016, when Jared Cook played such an huge role in the "run-the-table" winning streak that turned the Packers from a 4-6 team to one that lost in the NFC Championship Game.

Nelson saw his production drop last season after Rodgers broke his collarbone. Cobb was given his chance in 2015 to be the go-to guy, when Nelson missed that season, but it didn't happen.

The New Orleans Saints - where Graham started his career - were believed to be hot on Graham's trail as well.

Still, Nelson struggled to make a big impact within the Rodgers-depleted offense last season.