The Green Bay Packers chose to release Jordy Nelson earlier this month after he spent the first 10 years of his career with the team, and there have been rumblings that the team did not treat him well on his way out the door. Now, Nelson has seemingly confirmed that.
Nelson opened up a bit about the trade on Monday, and he told ESPN Milwaukee that he was more bothered by the way the Packers went about releasing him than the actual decision.
“I think the hurt part was the unwillingness to try to make it work,” Nelson said, per ESPN’s Rob Demovsky. “Then again, it’s a business and they have to do what they think is best.”
Nelson said he got the impression that Green Bay’s desire to move on from him was about more than just money, and he decided to not entertain whatever pay cut they may have proposed. At age 32, he now has a chance to prove with the Oakland Raiders that he still has plenty left in the tank. When asked if he is motivated to prove the Packers wrong, Nelson said he is looking at it a slightly different way.
“I take it the other way and try to prove the Raiders right [for signing him],” he said.
Nelson has been Aaron Rodgers’ favorite target for several years now, and he’s just two seasons removed from catching nearly 100 passes and scoring 14 touchdowns. We have already been given the indication that Rodgers may not be pleased about some of the moves the Packers have made, and cutting Nelson could be part of the issue.
With Jon Gruden calling the shots on offense in Oakland, Nelson should have plenty of opportunities in 2018 if he’s healthy.
Jordy Nelson was released by the Green Bay Packers earlier in the week, and it sounds like the veteran wide receiver has already found a new home.
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.
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.
“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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.