Jordy Nelson is now happily retired and has no plans to return to the NFL, but that doesn’t mean he thinks he didn’t have more to offer.
Nelson and Aaron Rodgers forged a strong partnership together with the Green Bay Packers, and Nelson watched from afar as the Packer offense struggled in the last two seasons after his release. And he definitely thinks he could have helped ensure that things went a bit differently had he been there.
“I definitely think I could have helped them. I don’t know what kind of player I’d be if I sat here and said, ‘No, I wouldn’t have been able to help them,'” Nelson told ESPN Wisconsin last week, via Jason Wilde of the Wisconsin State Journal. “I think the track record between Aaron and I, I think we could have been productive no matter what year it would have been. I think we proved it over the time, year-in and year-out. We were both very productive. And until proven otherwise, I would say yes, I would have been able to.”
Nelson had four 1,000-yard seasons with the Packers, and caught 14 touchdowns in 2016. With Rodgers hurt for much of 2017, Nelson’s production tailed off significantly, and the Packers let the wide receiver go. Since then, the Green Bay offense has been in the middle of the pack, even when going 13-3 in 2019.
How much might Nelson have helped? We don’t know, but it was no secret that Rodgers was openly upset at the Packers for letting his favorite wide receiver go. Maybe things really could have been a bit different had Green Bay management given the pair one more season together.
Jon Gruden and Derek Carr have seemed like something of an odd couple to this point of their relationship, but one player who witnessed the dynamic firsthand thinks that they work together just fine.
In an appearance this week on “The Pat McAfee Show,” former Raiders wide receiver Jordy Nelson was asked about the mainstream media narrative that Gruden and Carr don’t get along.
“I mean, you see Gruden on the sideline where I assume if it was mic’d up, there would be a lot of beeping going on and you really wouldn’t understand what he was saying,” said Nelson. “And Derek is a more of a calmer, obviously Christian dude that is not gonna cuss anyone out or do anything like that. So I think their two demeanors and personalities might clash. But they honestly get along great. I mean, it’s a good balance.
“There’s a couple times when I was there they got a little fiery at each other,” Nelson added. “But that happens with everyone … The one thing I think that works great with those two, Derek is extremely smart and puts in so much time and work that he can handle everything that Gruden’s throwing at him.
Nelson spent the final year of his career in 2018 with the Raiders, catching passes from Carr. That season also marked Gruden’s first with the team.
Rumors abounded last season that there was a major disconnect between Gruden and Carr, and they may have only grown louder when the Raiders brought in Marcus Mariota this offseason. But that perception is probably more rooted in the difference in their personalities, as Nelson says, rather than an actual rift.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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” 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.
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.