Aaron Rodgers is losing his most prolific receiver but might be getting an upgrade at tight end. Which means the Nelson's price-tag on the open market could come down.
Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst would not say whether that was an option before he released Nelson on Tuesday, although he indicated there were several scenarios that were discussed before the decision was reached. Unfortunately, a byproduct of these moves was the release of Jordy Nelson.
"We can not thank Jordy enough for all that he has given the Green Bay Packers and our community for the past 10 years", he said in the team's release.
The Green Bay Packers intend to sign tight end Jimmy Graham to a three-year deal, sources tell ESPN's Adam Schefter, and are releasing wide receiver Jordy Nelson. They finished 23rd in points previous year as quarterback Derek Carr played through injury and the offense never clicked. Graham caught just 57 passes for 520 yards (9.1-yard average) last season with the Seahawks but did have 10 touchdown receptions. Cooks is entering the final year of his contract, and Gronkowski has contemplated retirement.
Nelson could also slide into the vacated role left behind by Danny Amendola in New England, considering NFL Network's Dan Hellie reported he is expected to sign with the Miami Dolphins.
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. That being said, there is finite salary cap space in the National Football League and if Rodgers did indeed recruit Graham, he had to know the money was going to come from somewhere.
Packers tight ends combined for only two touchdown catches last season - tied for the fewest in the NFL.
Nelson will be 33 years old when next season starts and he's coming off a down year, by all standards. We'll see if he's Oakland's first big splash as free agency officially gets underway.
In all likelihood, he wouldn't command as much money as some other free-agent wide receivers will reportedly receive.
Nelson is the only player in team annals to record three seasons with 13-plus touchdown receptions (2011, 2014, 2016).