Jordy Nelson - He will be in Green Bay through 2018. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Jordy Nelson: In his contract season

In 2014 Jordy Nelson will be in a contract year with the Green Bay Packers.

Nelson has quickly become one of the best wide receivers in the league and recently was voted the 83rd best player by his peers. Even with that nod it can be argued Nelson is one of the most underrated players in the game.

Nelson will turn 29 at month’s end, so by all counts he should have at least 4-5 seasons of top notch football left in the tank and possibly more.

Nelson is currently nowhere near the top of the pyramid when it comes to wide receiver contracts. His current deal only has a base salary of just over $12.5 million and $1.2 million per year.

If you compare him to one of the highest paid wideouts in the NFL who recently signed a huge deal, Mike Wallace, Nelson could be in line for a big payday.

Over the last three seasons Nelson has hauled in 202 catches for 3,322 yards and 30 touchdowns while playing 44 games. Mike Wallace has caught 209 balls for only 2,959 yards and 21 touchdowns while playing in three more games than Nelson.


You can also take this one step further and compare the two in Jordy Nelson’s “Breakout” game, Super Bowl 45. With 9 catches for 140 yards and 1 touchdown, Nelson could have easily won the game MVP. His counterpart, Wallace, had 9 catches for 89 yards and 1 touchdown.

Nelson has outperformed a wideout making nearly five times his current salary on a consistent basis, though he doesn’t have the 4.3 40 speed and 40-inch vertical of his foe.

The Packers have always tried to remain deep at receiver. Drafting Davante Adams, Jared Abbrederis and Jeff Janis will not factor into the contract nor the decision to keep Nelson or Randall Cobb.

With the recent three-year, $30 million deal of Brandon Marshall it will be interesting to see what it will cost for the Packers can keep Nelson and what he will be willing to settle for. In the 2013 season he had 85 catches and more than 1,300 yards along with eight touchdowns. Nelson may decide to play out the 2014 season before talking about an extension.

The Packers should make it a top priority to keep #87 in the fold as the chemistry he has formed with Aaron Rodgers has made them arguably the top duo in all of football.

The comeback route-catching off  the back shouler of the defender, in my opinion, is the prettiest play in the game. Nelson and Rodgers have mastered it.


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  • Mike Brand

    after last year i say around 10-12 mil a year and if we dont pay it im sure a team with lots of cap space will jump on him at that price he is a freak of nature the way he gets around and catches the ball

    • Phillip

      With Brandon Marshall signing a 3 year 30 mil extension, that should keep Jordys extension more reasonable, likely right around the same, probably 4 years 36-40 mil.

      • Mike Brand

        just think how much better cobb is gonna get . with nelson this is most likely his last contract but cobb still has one more after this one . sure hope the cap rises again are we will lose one of the two

  • billy

    He the perfect Packer i certainly hope Ted realizes this and pays the man…I’m pretty sure he will….sometimes its not all about the money…

    • Mike Brand

      in this case i agree about the money part usually im about getting the best for less but nelson is gonna get a huge payday from either us or another team

  • Guest

    He’s AR’s clutch receiver. A family man & good roll model. Pay the man.

  • tbenton62

    I think they need to sit back and see how these new tight ends and receivers do. Personally I think they would be better served to get Cobb under contract first, he is much younger, and has more versatility.
    Then the Packers need to look at Nelson, and see what they can do. Maybe if they load him up with second year incentives, give a great signing bonus, they will not get hit that hard against the cap. Also, remember and deal with will free up room from the old contracts, so more room will be made.
    I would love to see both kept, I think it would be foolish to let either go. But if they can only afford one, then put a tag on Nelson, other teams in need of a wide out now will give up the high draft pick and the Packers would at least walk away with something out of it.

  • Allan Murphy

    pay him and cobb ..

    • Allan Murphy

      of course jn a littel more .

  • Allan Murphy

    4 year 48 million sounds about right .

    • Phillip

      Yeah, that’s probably a little genorous, more likely 4 years 38 mil, can’t see Jordy getting more than Marshalls 10 mil per year average, maybe the same, but not more.