Why the Packers released Jordy Nelson after 10 seasons in Green Bay

Releasing Jordy Nelson not an easy decision for Brian Gutekunst

Releasing Jordy Nelson not an easy decision for Brian Gutekunst

Nelson would be another quality receiver for Tom Brady, who already has Brandin Cooks and Rob Gronkowski. Which means the Nelson's price-tag on the open market could come down.

"This is a big puzzle, and there's limitations", Gutekunst said of the big-money contracts being handed out and the decision to release Nelson after 10 years in Green Bay.

Nelson wasn't the fastest receiver ever to put on a Packers uniform, nor was he the best route runner.

Nelson finished with just 53 catches for 482 yards and six touchdowns a year ago, but that's due in large part to the fact that Aaron Rodgers suffered a broken collarbone in Week 6 and missed most of the season thereafter.

Green Bay added to its free-agency splash Tuesday by reaching an agreement with Wilkerson, the once-promising defensive end the Jets released February 28.

Receiver Jordy Nelson spent the last 10 years with the Green Bay Packers, becoming a favorite target of Aaron Rodgers and one of the league's most productive pass-catchers for a time.

The Green Bay Packers, in order to shed the salary necessary to sign tight end Jimmy Graham, have cut ties with wide receiver Jordy Nelson.

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ESPN reports the Packers will sign Graham to a three year deal.

After his 10 years in the green and gold, Nelson holds a franchise postseason record in receptions (54), is fourth all-time in receiving yards (668) and is tied with Cobb for third all-time in receiving TD's (five).

Graham was an unrestricted free agent.

Nelson will be 33 years old when next season starts and he's coming off a down year, by all standards.

An NFL scout said after Tuesday's moves that, at this point, he would pick Graham over Nelson. In 2017, Nelson caught only 53 passes for 482 yards and six touchdowns while quarterback Aaron Rodgers played only seven games due to injury. "In fairness to him, we won't get into those kind of discussions".

Nelson would go on to have a stellar career with the Packers, including three seasons with double-digit touchdown receptions - 15 in 2011, 13 in 2014 and 14 in 2016 - which was his bounce-back season after suffering an ACL injury in 2015.

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