Green Bay Packers release wide receiver Jordy Nelson, per report

Tricia Pearson
March 14, 2018

In a 2017 season disrupted by Aaron Rodgers' injury, Nelson's yards-per-catch total was 9.1 and he managed just 53 receptions and 482 yards in 15 games, which was much lower than previous years and just a season removed from posting 1,257 yards in 2016.

Graham has played the last three seasons in Seattle. A free agent acquisition.

When then-general manager Ted Thompson stepped down, and new general manager Brian Gutekunst stepped in, his plan was to be more active in free agency than in year's past.

In his 10 years with the Packers, Nelson started eight of the 13 postseason games he appeared in.

NFL Network's Mike Garofolo says, however, Green Bay wants Graham to be a Packer.

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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 would have carried a $12.5 million cap hit for the upcoming season, as he still had one-year left on the four-year, $39 million deal he signed with Green Bay prior to the 2015 season. He has caught at least nine touchdowns in five of the last seven seasons. A lot of great decisions were made because it was a team effort.

I've heard it a thousand times."It's a young man's game". But he can still provide Rodgers a big target who can catch 50-50 balls and outleap defenders for contested passes.

Still. Nelson's 10 years with the Packers was historically productive.

With Graham, the Packers will try to replicate what they got from the tight end position in 2016, when Jared Cook played such an enormous 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. Of course, the most notable position of playing late into your career has always been quarterback, but Nelson is still a relatively young man, and can offer a team a tremendous skill set.

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