Jordy Nelson announced his retirement from the NFL last week, but his departure from the game could be short-lived if his old team comes calling.
Nelson said Wednesday that he would find it “hard to say no” if Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers asked him to end his retirement and rejoin the team where he started his career and had virtually all of his success.
"[If Aaron Rodgers called] it would probably be hard to say no." – Jordy Nelson talking about returning on @dpshow
— Andrew Perloff (@andrewperloff) April 3, 2019
To be clear, there is no indication that the Packers are even considering trying to bring Nelson back into the fold. It is worth remembering, however, that Nelson and Rodgers were so close that the quarterback didn’t hide his displeasure after the wide receiver was released. They’re close, and we’ll see if this comes on the table.
- Jordy Nelson
Jordy Nelson has looked like nowhere near the player he used to be over the past two seasons, but the veteran wide receiver is still drawing plenty of interest in the wake of the Oakland Raiders releasing him.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Nelson is scheduled to visit with the Seattle Seahawks on Tuesday. Two of the AFC’s best teams — the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs — are also expected to give Nelson a look.
Former Packers’ WR Jordy Nelson is scheduled to visit the Seahawks on Tuesday, per source. They were interested in Nelson last year; GM John Schneider loves Nelson.
Other interested teams at this point include: Patriots, Titans, Chiefs, Raiders.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 18, 2019
Nelson had three consecutive seasons with 1,000 or more receiving yards for the Green Bay Packers from 2013-2015, but he fell off in 2017 and struggled to produce when Aaron Rodgers got hurt. He came on strong with the Raiders late last season after a slow start, finishing with 63 catches, 739 yards and three touchdowns.
The Patriots would be a good landing spot for Nelson, as they are extremely thin at the receiver position and were reportedly interested in another former Packers wide receiver at one point. Nelson will turn 34 in May and isn’t nearly as explosive as he once was, but he can still be a solid possession receiver.
It was a rough week to be an NFL quarterback, as several defenses racked up big sack totals. Offenses struggled, with turnovers and missed opportunities becoming a big story of the week. A lot of units simply didn’t do themselves justice on Sunday, and a lot of quarterbacks struggled in major ways.
Here’s a look at 15 big disappointments from NFL Week 6.
Nathan Peterman, QB, Bills
Was anyone really expecting anything of Peterman when he took over for the injured Josh Allen in this one? He even threw a touchdown pass here and looked like he might just be able to get Buffalo over the line against the Houston Texans. Not so. He threw a brutal pick-six to put Houston in the lead, then followed it up with another interception to kill the game off. The guy simply isn’t an NFL starting quarterback, and hopefully the Bills are smart enough to realize that.
NFL contracts are often a hot-button issue. People love to debate who’s making too much, too little, who deserves more, and who is overpaid. Some athletes outplay their deals, while others cash in and fail to deliver. Teams obviously try hard to avoid the latter situation, but sometimes things don’t work out as hoped.
With all of that in mind, here’s a look at the worst contract on every NFL team entering the 2018 season.
Arizona Cardinals – Jermaine Gresham, TE
After signing him to two consecutive one-year deals, the Cardinals suddenly decided to invest heavily in Jermaine Gresham, signing him to a four-year, $28 million deal with $16.5 million guaranteed. The $7 million annual salary far exceeds any contract Gresham had previously signed, which is curious considering he hasn’t exceeded 500 yards in a single season since 2012 with the Cincinnati Bengals. Add in that Greshman is now on the wrong side of 30, and it’s easy to understand how he made this list.
- Aaron Colvin, Albert Wilson, Andrew Luck, Avery Williamson, Charles Clay, Demario Davis, DeSean Jackson, Dion Sims, Donte Moncrief, Dwayne Allen, Eric Berry, Ezekiel Elliott, Jamie Collins, Jermaine Gresham, Joe Flacco, Jordan Reed, Jordy Nelson, Justin Britt, Kyle Rudolph, Logan Ryan, Matt Kalil, Menelik Watson, Ndamukong Suh, Randall Cobb, Rhett Ellison, Russell Okung, Tyrone Crawford, Vance McDonald, Vontaze Burfict
Derek Carr has a new weapon at his disposal heading into the 2018 season, and the Oakland Raiders quarterback is stunned his new star receiver even became a free agent.
Carr had high praise for Jordy Nelson in a recent interview with Matt Schneidman of the East Bay Times, noting how quick the 33-year-old still looks despite undergoing surgery to repair a torn ACL less than three years ago.
“The thing that you hear about that he can’t run anymore, that’s false,” Carr said. ““I can tell you, he’s one of the fastest skill guys that we have still. He can run. You see that by his route running. If he can win on underneath routes, that means DBs are scared about what he can do over the top. He’s still Jordy Nelson, that’s for sure.”
Nelson struggled in 2017 and clearly appeared to have lost a step, but his lack of production probably had more to do with Aaron Rodgers breaking his collarbone than anything else. Rodgers was clearly upset when the Green Bay Packers let Nelson go, and Carr understands why.
“He’s just a guy that it’s easy to throw to him because he’s open,” Carr said. “There are some guys that are good at running some routes, a guy will be there that’s strong at catching the ball or whatever. He just gets open. He’s very route savvy. He’s very smart.
“I can’t say enough good things. I can’t believe Green Bay let him go, but I’m glad he’s here.”
With Nelson likely playing the No. 2 role behind Amari Cooper in Oakland, he won’t have to beat an opposing team’s top defensive back most weeks. Rodgers has made it quite clear that he believes Nelson still has plenty left in the tank, and Carr obviously feels the same.
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.
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.