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.

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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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