The Green Bay Packersannounced on Tuesday that they have released veteran wide receiver Jordy Nelson. The 2017 season was the first time since Graham was traded to the Seahawks in 2015 that he's been healthy enough to play in all 16 games. 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.
After 13 years of limited forays into free agency under previous GM Ted Thompson, the Packers were certainly able to create a buzz on Monday, when the National Football League began allowing teams to talk to players and their agents about potential deals.
It had to happen at some point, but most Packers fans would've preferred later down the road.
Additionally, the Packers are releasing longtime wideout Jordy Nelson, according to multiple reports.
Packers tight ends combined for only two touchdown catches last season - tied for the fewest in the NFL.
But once Trey Burton came off the market after signing with the Chicago Bears, and with little news on injury-prone Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert, the Packers struck quickly.
But as the new Green Bay Packers GM has made it clear, these are not Ted Thompson's Packers anymore.
Aaron Rodgers is losing his most prolific receiver but might be getting an upgrade at tight end. Graham has four seasons with double-digit receiving touchdowns. Even with his declining health and production, some team could offer him big money. Nelson is the only player in team annals to record three seasons with 13-plus touchdown receptions (2011, 2014, 2016). He was also the NFL's comeback player of the year. Nelson was scheduled to make $9.25 million in base salary. He signed a three-year, $21 million deal but played in only seven games before he was waived with the designation that he failed to disclose a medical condition (shoulder) in what proved to be an ugly divorce.