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.
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.
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.
Longtime Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson defended team doctor Pat McKenzie on Friday after the physician came under fire following criticism from Martellus Bennett.
In a statement shared on Twitter, Nelson backed Dr. McKenzie and his athletic staff, specifically saying he never has felt pressured by them to play.
The statement comes in response to Bennett, who accused Dr. McKenzie of mishandling his shoulder injury and pressuring him to play through it.
Here’s what Bennett said on Instagram Friday (content edited for profanity).
“The Packers examined my shoulder March 10 and cleared it. They even gave me an xray as well. It got worse during the season, specifically against the cowboys so I asked to have it checked and we checked it. After a few days of contemplating to play with it or get surgery, I chose surgery. Now here we are …
“They tried to f— over me. Dr. McKenzie trying to cover his own a–. After trying to persuade me to play thru a major injury and me choosing to get surgery.
“They have access to all my medical records. My shoulder wasn’t where it is now at the beginning of the season. I f—-d it up playing for the @packers.
“Dr. McKenizie didn’t make feel safe and was pushing to play which I thought was weird. Not that he was trying to get me to play thru it but the way he was saying things. I didn’t trust him. So I got 3 other opinions from doctors who all said I need to get it fixed. So I decided to do that. And they decided to waive me with some b——t excuse. Failure disclose.
“Every week we do a body evaluation sheet in the weight and pretty much every week I circled my shoulder. I just kept playing but it got worse.
“During the bye week I got off anti inflammatories to clean my system and could really feel the pain. So I asked to examine it first day back in. And that’s when we found out it was really f—-d up.
“They panicked. Thinking that I was trying to go on IR and be on their books next year. When I mentioned that I would possibly retire. So they tried to f— me before they thought I would f— them. This was all about money.
“All about money. I get it. But don’t lie homie. You knew wtf was up.
“I had intentions of playing all 8 games as I mentioned in the post during the bye week, but found out it was worse than I felt after getting it checked out.
“Now I’m like f— it.
“I chose my health over the ‘team’. They chose money over me.”
Bennett signed a three-year deal with the Packers in the offseason and was waived by the team on Wednesday. The team said he failed to disclose an injury, and there have been reports indicating there will be more drama going forward. As he said, Bennett currently has a shoulder injury, which is reported to be a partially torn rotator cuff. That didn’t stop his former team, the New England Patriots, from claiming him. He even passed his physical.
This certainly will not be the last of this saga.
The Green Bay Packers should have their top receiving option available on Sunday.
Jordy Nelson is expected to play on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Nelson left last weekend’s game against the Atlanta Falcons with a quad injury that was described as more of a charlie horse than serious injury. He said during the week that he expected to suit up and play in Week 3, so this outcome isn’t too surprising.
Nelson has seven catches on eight targets for 79 yards and a touchdown this season — all of which came in Week 1 against Seattle.
Nelson is listed as questionable for the game.
Jordy Nelson expects to play on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals despite his quad injury.
The Green Bay Packers star wide receiver left the team’s game against the Falcons last Sunday night with a quad injury suffered in the first quarter. Nelson was back at practice on Wednesday and said he expects to play in Week 3.
“Today it feels a lot better than what it did on Sunday night, so everything is headed in the right direction,” Nelson said, via Packers.com. “My expectations are to play, but you don’t know what can happen between now and then. That was my expectation when I came in here Monday morning as well.”
Nelson had 7 catches for 79 yards and a touchdown in the opener, though he didn’t record any stats against Atlanta. Having him back in the lineup on Sunday would be a big boost for Green Bay’s offense.
Jordy Nelson left the Green Bay Packers’ game against the Atlanta Falcons early on Sunday night and never returned, leading some to speculate that he may have suffered a serious injury. Fortunately, that is not the case.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Nelson suffered a quad injury that is not considered anything major. However, there’s a chance the 32-year-old receiver could miss Green Bay’s Week 3 showdown with the Cincinnati Bengals.
Nelson bounced back last year with a 1,257-yard, 14-touchdown season after he missed all of 2015 with a torn ACL. He isn’t quite as explosive as he was earlier in his career, but his chemistry with Aaron Rodgers makes up for that.
Wide receiver Randall Cobb also left Sunday’s game with a shoulder injury, though an MRI showed his injury was not serious, either. The Packers will be looking to bounce back after losing a tough one to Atlanta, and that shouldn’t be difficult even if Nelson and Cobb don’t play. The Bengals are dealing with some injuries of their own and are seemingly in disarray.
Jordy Nelson was forced to exit Sunday night’s game between the Packers and Falcons with a leg injury during the first quarter.
For now, the Packers are calling it a quad injury.
Sirius XM’s Mike Clemens adds Nelson appeared to sustain the injury after taking a couple of steps and motioned to be substituted for.
It goes without saying, the loss of Nelson would be a huge blow to the Packers offense. After suffering a torn ACL during the preseason in 2015, Nelson bounced back to catch 97 passes last year for 1,257 yards and an NFL-leading 14 touchdown receptions.