Green Bay Packers releasing franchise great WR Jordy Nelson

Green Bay Packers releasing franchise great WR Jordy Nelson

Nelson is the only receiver in Packers history to produce three 13-plus TD campaigns and joins Sterling Sharpe as the only Packer with three 85-plus catch seasons. Which means the Nelson's price-tag on the open market could come down.

Green Bay is releasing Jordy Nelson.

In Nelson's ten-season career with Green Bay, he caught 550 passes for 7,848 yards and 69 touchdowns. He eclipsed the 1,200-yard mark in four seasons between 2011 and 2016 to help establish Green Bay as an offensive powerhouse. Cutting him frees up $10 million in cap space for the Packers.

Gutekunst also didn't rule out releasing other veteran players to create cap room, although he did suggest that wide receiver Randall Cobb is safe, calling saying Cobb "is one of our good players, and we expect him to be". The net result is that Green Bay will replace Nelson by signing free-agent tight end Jimmy Graham (according to ESPN).

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Regardless, the 2018 season will be a comparison of what Graham does for the Packers' offense to what those who believe Nelson still had something left in the tank think he could have given them.

The team declined to place a franchise tag on Graham that would have meant paying him more than $15 million in 2018 - he had made $10 million a season the last four years when he was the highest-paid tight end in the National Football League each year. Cooks is entering the final year of his contract, and Gronkowski has contemplated retirement. Former Jaguars receiver Allen Robinson will reportedly get a three-year, $42 million deal from the Chicago Bears. But I am glad we don't have to see him sit on the bench like Donald Driver did in his past year, catching all of seven passes.

The Packers have Lance Kendricks at tight end, but Richard Rodgers is due to become a free agent. He scored 27 touchdowns between 2014 and '15 and accumulated a career-high 1,519 yards in '14. Schefter said that Nelson intends to play next season somewhere.

Over Graham's last 24 games with Seattle he caught 84 passes for 898 yards and 12 touchdowns, production worse than most of his 16-game seasons with the Saints.

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