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.”
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 …