Jordy Nelson is the Packers top priority. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Will Jordy Nelson sign ‘sooner’ rather than ‘later?’


Anyone who follows the Green Bay Packers knows the value of wide receiver Jordy Nelson.

The veteran wide receiver who caught 85 passes last season for 1,314 yards (15.5-yard average) and 8 touchdowns – and did it all while working with four different quarterbacks – is due for a big payday. And if the report by ESPN’s Rob Demovsky is accurate, the Packers and Nelson’s camp will come to an agreement “sooner” rather than “later.”

The Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson connection is the best in the NFL right now. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

The Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson connection is the best in the NFL right now.
Raymond T. Rivard photograph

That’s great news for us Packers fans who have been waiting patiently over the course of the past few months wondering just when something would get done.

As the Packers head toward training camp, they are faced not only with the need to ink Nelson, but they must decide how to proceed with Randall Cobb who is also headed into his contract year.

But Nelson has got to be the focus of Packers brass at this point.

Nelson, headed into his seventh season, has emerged as the Packers top receiver the past three years. In 2011, he amassed 1,263 yards, was injured in 2010 and missed six games (745 yards) and then had another breakout season in 2013. He’s by far the Packers top target to re-sign as he’s certainly got another three or four years of production left in him.

Looking ahead, it’s not whehter the Packers re-sign Nelson, but rather when.

It would be nice to get the job done as soon as possible so that the Packers can move on and tackle the contract that’s due Cobb – that may be a more problematic situation.

Stay tuned …

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  • Mike Brand

    i just hope this is not typical ted thompson stuff let them play through contract and cut them. i can understand jennings, and jones but jordy is a better wr than both of them put together .jordy unlike those two showed he can catch the ball from anyone including wallace who i though showed to be far worse than ponder . i know ted loves younger guys and jordy is at the age jones and jennings was when he just let them walk but if he lets jordy walk it will be a huge mistake . i dont see anything close to the freak of nature jordy is in the ones they drafted nor on their roster at the current time . he catches balls that 98% of the rest of the wrs in the nfl could not catch

    • David Hofstedt

      Agreed Mike, I think Ted will get Nelson signed before week one. Even as Ted is always infusing this team with youth through the draft, at some point you need to keep some veterans to go with the youth. Nelson and Cobb will both be signed, Cobb for a deal much like Jennings and Nelsons first extension giving him another shot at FA at 27 or 28 years old.

      • Phillip

        Unfortunately Nelsons deal isn’t possible, would be nice to get a 3 year 12 mil extension for Cobb, probably more likely around what Jennings got, 3 year 26 mil. I believe Cobbs deal is gonna be more difficult and might carry through the year, all depends if he wants Harvin kind of money, cause he does have his ability, or if he’s ok with something in the Weller to Victor Cruz range, either way hopefully they can find some common ground n get the deal done.

        • David Hofstedt

          I agree Phillip, I was referring to the number of years more than the dollars when I was thinking about Cobb. Cobb has started 12 games for the Packers (I know, seems like more) so maybe Cobb would sign a reasonable deal for say 4 years, get to play with Rodgers, and still be a FA again as a young man. Cobb is turning 24 in August, 24!

    • Phillip

      Ted Thompson didn’t exactly let Jennings walk, he offered him 8 mil going into FA after 2 injury riddled seasons and at some point in 2012 it was reported he offered as high as 11 but Jennings was looking for 12. Glad TT stood still on his 8 offer. Glad Jennings walked. And Jennings was the same age Jordy will be after this year, and he offered that knowing in the near future he’d be coming up to Jordy, Jones, Cobb and Finley. It was inevitable that we’d lose a couple, thankfully and unfortunately for Finley, things worked out for the 2 best to be brought back. Its also hard to see TT letting Jones walk if he had intentions of letting Nelson or Cobb go. With Jordy coming off a strong season and being apart of the #1 QB WR duo in the NFL over the last 3 seasons, being a true elite #1 WR, also with expressing his desire to stay, I believe his deal is a no brainer for TT and will get done in the next couple weeks before training camp. With Jennings refusing 8 last off-season there shouldn’t be any issue sliding that and some into a new deal for the much better player and person. Morgan Burnett was extended mid July last year, figuring probably about the same time for Jordy, with Cobbs carrying into the early part of the season.