Nelson visited the Oakland Raiders this week, and ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the team is expected to finalize a deal with him before he leaves town.
Raiders trying to finalize deal today for former Packers’ WR Jordy Nelson, who still is in Oakland, sources tell ESPN. “This is going to get done,” one source said of the talks. Nelson on his way to becoming a Raider.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 15, 2018
Nelson will turn 33 this offseason and is not as explosive as he once was, but the Raiders reportedly believe in him enough that they could cut one of their most productive players to make room for Nelson. The Packers signed tight end Jimmy Graham in free agency and Nelson was due to make $10 million in 2018, so they felt he had become expendable.
While he missed the entire 2015 season with a torn ACL, Nelson appeared in all but one game for Green Bay over the past two years. His production was down significantly last season, but that was mostly because Aaron Rodgers missed time with a broken collarbone.
Jordy Nelson was released by the Green Bay Packers on Tuesday after 10 years with the team, and it’s safe to say his departure leaves a big hole.
Teammates Aaron Rodgers, who was Nelson’s quarterback their entire time together, shared a tribute to Nelson on Instagram:
Hard to find the right words today to express what 87 means to me. No teammate exemplified what it means to be a packer quite like him. From living in GB full time, his incredible contributions to the city, state, and region, to his consistent, reliable play on the field. Definitely a sad day and the toughest part of this business. There will never be another quite like white lightning. #leader #brother #friend #baller #loyal #champion #legacy #intact #stillcanplayball #backshoulder #1stSBTD
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“Hard to find the right words today to express what 87 means to me. No teammate exemplified what it means to be a packer quite like him. From living in GB full time, his incredible contributions to the city, state, and region, to his consistent, reliable play on the field. Definitely a sad day and the toughest part of this business. There will never be another quite like white lightning. #leader #brother #friend #baller #loyal #champion #legacy #intact #stillcanplayball #backshoulder #1stSBTD” Rodgers wrote.
Randall Cobb, who was drafted by the Packers in 2011 and formed a dynamic tandem at receiver along with Nelson, posted this message on Instagram:
87- It has been a pleasure to line up next to you! You showed a 20 yr kid what it meant to be a pro. I can't thank you enough for what you have meant to my career! More importantly… Jordy, Thank you for being an example of what a good man, husband, & father looks like. I value the friendship that we created over the years! Thank you for standing by my side on one of the biggest days of my life! We're family and always will be! #EndOfAnEra #187 #
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“87- It has been a pleasure to line up next to you! You showed a 20 yr kid what it meant to be a pro. I can’t thank you enough for what you have meant to my career!
Thank you for being an example of what a good man, husband, & father looks like. I value the friendship that we created over the years! Thank you for standing by my side on one of the biggest days of my life! We’re family and always will be!
#EndOfAnEra #187” Cobb wrote.
During his career with the Packers, Nelson caught 550 passes for 7,848 yards and 69 touchdowns. He is reportedly set to visit with an interesting AFC team in free agency.
The Oakland Raiders may be the beneficiaries of Jordy Nelson being released by the Green Bay Packers. Or at least they hope so. And if they are, they likely would cut Michael Crabtree.
Nelson is set to visit with the Raiders on Wednesday after being released by the Packers on Tuesday. Green Bay will add pass-catching tight end Jimmy Graham and felt like Nelson was expendable given his age (nearly 33) and salary (around $10 million cap hit). The Las Vegas Review-Journal’s Michael Gehlken says that if the Raiders are able to sign Nelson, they would release Crabtree.
Releasing Crabtree could save the team around $7 million. The Raiders have said publicly that they will bring back Crabtree next season, but Gehlken has reported they are willing to move on from him.
There are quite a few things about the Raiders that could be draws for Nelson. Former Packers coach Edgar Bennett is the team’s wide receivers coach; Derek Carr is the quarterback; and Jon Gruden is the new head coach. There’s a lot of promise with the Raiders, and Nelson may see that.
The Green Bay Packers are bringing in one top receiving option, but they’re also getting rid of another.
The team announced on Tuesday that they have released Jordy Nelson.
Nelson was due around $9 million in 2018, but coming off a 2017 season in which he caught just 53 passes for 482 yards and six touchdowns, many suspected Green Bay could part ways with him. That thought became even more likely after the Packers gave Davante Adams a big contract extension.
Nelson has posted four seasons of at least 1,200 receiving yards and 69 career receiving touchdowns. Even though he’ll be 33 in May, other teams should have interest in him.
News of Nelson’s impending release comes right after the Packers agreed to a three-year deal with tight end Jimmy Graham.
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The official start to the new league year is less than a month away, which means all 32 NFL teams are gearing up for their annual free agency frenzy.
In preparation for said frenzy, each team is currently deep in evaluation mode, looking not just at the crop of impending free agents, but also their own impending free agents and what remains of their roster. Teams must decide whom they’d like to bring back, sign, perhaps equally important, who they can part ways with in an effort to trim their salary cap.
Already this month we’ve seen the New York Giants release Bobby Hart, the Kansas City Chiefs terminate the contract of Darrelle Revis, and the Bucs release Chris Baker and Doug Martin. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg; a plethora of releases will be coming in relatively short order.
Who is poised to join the list of available players? Here’s a look at 15 players who could be released prior to the start of free agency.
15. Adrian Peterson, RB, Arizona Cardinals
Although it’s not yet official, it’s widely believed that the Cardinals are poised to part ways with future Hall of Fame running back Adrian Peterson despite a few successful weeks with the team. He was acquired from the New Orleans Saints in a trade that sent a sixth-round pick in the other direction. Entering 2018, Peterson is on the books for a $1.05 million base salary and a cap hit of $2,881,250 including bonuses. There would be no dead cap hit to release the long-time veteran, so Arizona essentially rented Peterson for a portion of the year. At 32 years old and a displaying clear inability to stay healthy — Peterson has appeared in a full 16 games just once since 2012 — it makes sense that the Cardinals plan to go in a different direction. Peterson, however, insists he’s not done playing just yet.
The Green Bay Packers could look different on offense next year due to some big decisions looming.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Rob Demovsky reported Friday that, after signing a long-term contract with wide receiver Davante Adams, two other highly-paid Green Bay receivers — Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson — could face a pay cut or a release after the season.
Randall Cobb has one more year left on his 4-year, $40 million deal while Jordy Nelson has one more season on a 4-year, $39 million deal. One or both could be in danger of being released or having to take a pay cut this offseason, per @RobDemovsky.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 29, 2017
The Packers have committed themselves to Adams, which could be bad news for the other two. Though Cobb and Nelson have been favorite targets of Aaron Rodgers, the financial realities of the league mean that one or both could be shown the door unless they give some money back.
We’re running out of weeks in the NFL season, and it’s put up or shut up time for many teams and players. Jobs are on the line now on lesser teams, while playoff spots are the obvious reward for those who still have things to play for. The big wins and heartbreaking losses only get more pronounced from here.
Here’s a glance at 15 big disappointments from Week 15 of the NFL season.
Pittsburgh Steelers’ late-game execution
At minimum, the Steelers looked like they had pretty much wrapped up a shot at a game-tying field goal against the Patriots. Even after Jesse James’s go-ahead touchdown was overturned on replay — controversial in itself — the Steelers had second and goal from the ten. A three-yard catch and a lack of timeouts saw the Steelers forced to run hurry-up, and they seemed to be in two minds as to whether they should spike it and take the field goal or try to force the issue. Ben Roethlisberger went with the latter and threw a backbreaking interception. The call will get all the attention, but Roethlisberger made a terrible decision to throw, and didn’t seem fully committed to the decision anyway, which he blamed on his coaches. Costly mistakes like that can’t happen.
There was nothing good to say about this Seattle performance in any way. The offense totaled just 149 yards. Russell Wilson was sacked seven times. The team was penalized nine times for 60 yards. They lost two fumbles. Then on defense, they gave up 352 yards and 19 first downs. Even special teams was found wanting, as the Seahawks allowed several lengthy punt returns and 128 yards total on punt returns. This should all but end Seattle’s playoff hopes, and it’s the worst performance this team has put together in a long while.