The Green Bay Packers have released wide receiver Jordy Nelson.
Minutes after the news broke that the Green Bay Packers intend to sign tight end Jimmy Graham to a three-year deal, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Green Bay will be releasing veteran wide receiver Jordy Nelson
Nelson’s 10-year run with the Packers ends as one of the top wide receivers in Green Bay history.
He is second in franchise history in receiving touchdowns (69), third in catches (550), third in 100-yard receiving games (25) and fifth in receiving yards (7,848).
"“We cannot thank Jordy enough for all that he has given the Green Bay Packers and our community for the past 10 years,” Gutekunst said. “He has been an exemplary professional and teammate and greatly contributed to our success. Jordy will always be a member of the Packers family and we look forward to his eventual induction into the Packers Hall of Fame. We wish Jordy, his wife Emily, and the rest of their family all the best.”"
But to no surprise, his future was in doubt, as he continues to get older and his production has decreased.
Last 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.
In addition, he did not have a single game where he recored more than seven passes.
Part of Nelson’s struggles were a result of Aaron Rodgers being sidelined with a broken collarbone. Once Rodgers went down, Nelson did not score another touchdown.
Even when Rodgers returned the wideout struggled to get any separation and showed his deficiencies.
According to Spotrac, the release clears $10.2 million in cap space for the Packers, which will certainly help in signing Graham.
Nelson was a fan favorite in Green Bay and was Rodgers’ favorite target. His presence will definitely be missed at 1265 Lombardi Ave.
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