Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
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Jordy Nelson Rumors: WR Interested in Joining Patriots, Raiders After Release

Jordy Nelson Rumors: WR Interested in Joining Patriots, Raiders After Release

The Green Bay Packers announced on Tuesday that they have released veteran wide receiver Jordy Nelson. A year ago with the Seahawks, Graham finished with 57 receptions for 520 yards and 10 touchdowns. Although his yards per catch were a surprisingly low 9.1 (down from a career-best 14.2 in 2016), there's still a role for him to help patrol the middle of the field. It was a rare free-agent foray from former GM Ted Thompson, who has moved into a behind-the-scenes role with the club.

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.

At a cap hit of over $12.5 million, Nelson was due the third-highest salary of any Packers player for 2018. His release saves Green Bay more than $10.2 million.

With Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb on the decline, Gutekunst is intrigued by the marquee names available at wide receiver. He has caught at least nine touchdowns in five of the last seven seasons. Releasing him saved the team roughly $10.2 million on the cap, money used to sign tight end Jimmy Graham and Muhammad Wilkerson.

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- Evan Massey (@massey_evan) March 13, 2018I'm told the #Falcons and the #Packers, along with some other teams, have preliminary interest in #Panthers impending free agent TE Ed Dickson, per source. A lot of great decisions were made because it was a team effort. "But from what I've heard about Chicago, it's an unbelievable city and football town". The 31-year-old has four double-digit touchdown seasons in his eight years in the league, and is still considered a premier receiving tight end.

Nelson also wouldn't be expected to shoulder the load as a No. 1 receiver on either the Patriots or Raiders, which would create a number of situations where he would find himself facing single coverage.

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


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