Packers free agency: Three wide receivers they should target

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The Green Bay Packers could be in desperate need of wide receivers or they could have nearly the same unit as last season.

New general manager Brian Gutekunst will need to make a decision about two veteran wide receivers this offseason, Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb.

Nelson is scheduled to make over $10 million this upcoming season in salary and bonuses. He is set to become an unrestricted free agent in 2019.

This past season Nelson’s numbers dipped. It was the first time since 2012 (not including the 2015 season he missed) that he did not eclipse the 1,000-yard mark. In 15 games, he caught 53 passes for 482 yards and six touchdowns. It was his lowest total in yards since 2009 and in receptions since 2012.

A key reason why Nelson struggled was because he played a majority of the season without Aaron Rodgers. After Rodgers suffered a broken collarbone, Nelson did not score another touchdown.

Part of the blame is on backup Brett Hundley, but Nelson didn’t help the cause. He couldn’t get any separation and made no impact on offense.

Even in Rodgers’ return against the Carolina Panthers, Nelson displayed his struggles. Nelson will be 33 years old at the start of next season.

As for Cobb, he is also scheduled to make about $10 million in 2018. Cobb caught 66 passes for 653 yards and four touchdowns this past season.

Although Nelson struggled to find any chemistry with Hundley, three of Cobb’s four touchdowns came courtesy of the backup quarterback.

Cobb will be entering his eighth season in the league, at 28 years old.

There is a distinct, but slim chance that both receivers will try and restructure their deal. The five-year age gap between Cobb and Nelson helps Cobb’s chances of remaining on the team.

It is most likely that one of the veterans will not return to 1265 Lombardi Ave. But, if both end up packing their bags, here are three unrestricted free agents that could replace them.