Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson earns every penny of his $2.7 million yearly contract – in fact, considering the numbers he has put up, and how he has become one of the elite performers in the National Football League – he’s been a basement bargain for the team.
Packers General Manager Ted Thompson understands this and that’s why the recent rumor about extending Nelson’s contract is not only spot-on, but it’s simply the right thing to do.
Here’s what ESPN.com blogger Rob Demovsky wrote:
It’s possible the Packers could restructure Williams’ contract and possibly others, and they’re likely going to extend Nelson’s deal, so some of those numbers could change and free up more space.
Players making more than Nelson is nearly embarrassing: Other than Aaron Rodgers and Clay Matthews who signed huge contracts last year, we’ve got Tramon Williams, Ryan Pickett, B.J. Raji, Josh Sitton, and A.J. Hawk.
Nelson, in his six years in the league, has 302 receptions for 4,590 yards (15.2 yards per catch), and 36 touchdowns. He averages 51.6 yards per-game. His sideline catching skills have been eye-popping and over the past three years he has rarely dropped a pass.
He has become Mr. Clutch for the Packers as was evident in the Packers’ final two games this past season. In Week 17 (ironically the week that Rodgers came back from injury), Nelson had 10 catches for 161 yards and in the Wildcard Playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers he had seven catches for 62 yards and a huge touchdown catch that gave the Packers the lead in the fourth quarter.
Whatever the Packers offer Nelson, (who will become an unrestricted free agent next season if the Packers don’t sign him before then) probably will be short of his worth. But getting the Kansas State alumni signed before free agency next year should be one of the team’s top priorities and it looks like it may be happening.
While it may be necessary to restructure some contracts, including Williams’s, the team must do what’s necessary to get this guy under contract. His value is too high to let him walk.