Packers Release Jordy Nelson; Sign Jimmy Graham


The Green Bay Packers have parted ways with veteran receiver Jordy Nelson in what is surely a cap-cutting move.

Nelson finished with just 53 catches for 482 yards and six touchdowns previous year, 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.

Gregg Bell of the Tacoma News Tribune reports that Seattle free agent tight end Jimmy Graham is expected to either re-sign with the New Orleans Saints or head to the Green Bay Packers in a free agent deal. The specifics of the contract have not been disclosed, and the move can not become official until Wednesday afternoon and the start of the new league year. That said, quarterback Aaron Rodgers has to be giddy at the prospect of finding Graham in the end zone. The club also acquired QB Deshone Kizer from the Cleveland Browns in a trade last week. In four of the five previous seasons, Nelson had at least 1,250 receiving yards, including a Pro Bowl year in 2014 when he caught 98 passes for 1,519 yards and 13 touchdowns. The Packers announced Nelson's release shortly after the news broke. The Packers landed a great consolation prize in Graham, but it's hard to replace Nelson's massive contributions and respected role as a locker room leader.

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The Packers, of course, didn't make the playoffs last season.

After tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during an August 2015 preseason game at Pittsburgh, Nelson returned in 2016 and caught 97 passes for 1,257 yards and 14 touchdowns to earn the NFL's comeback player of the year award.

But even with Rodgers last season, Nelson would struggle.