Packers Release Jordy Nelson; Sign Jimmy Graham

The Green Bay Packers are entering free agency in a big, big way. Cutting Nelson, who was slated to have a cap hit of more than $12 million, gives the Packers $10 million in salary cap space and likely allows them to be more creative and aggressive in free agency.

Nelson, 33, spent his entire 10-year career in Green Bay, but he slowed down significantly last season. He was a vital part of the Superbowl XLI, catching a touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2011.

Graham, the former Saints star who considered coming back to New Orleans, is expected to sign a three-year deal with the Packers, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Richardson confirmed he will be moving on with a thank you note to the Seahawks and Seattle fans posted on Instagram Tuesday afternoon, concluding "Gonna miss that blue and green".


Nelson's age and injury history are concerning, but the wideout has been an above-average, borderline elite pass-catcher for six years. Together, they hooked up for 65 touchdowns, breaking Brett Favre and Antonio Freeman's club record of 58. "He has been an exemplary professional and teammate and greatly contributed to our success".

Will Jimmy Graham's signing with Green Bay end up pushing Jordy Nelson to the Emerald City? "We wish Jordy, his wife Emily, and the rest of their family all the best". Ironically, that came a year after he won Comeback Player of the Year. His best year was 2013 when he caught 86 receptions for 1,215 yards and 16 touchdowns. Nelson would be a quality veteran to put with Joe Flacco and a young receiver added through the draft. Thus, the 2018 season will be a comparison of what Graham does for the Packers' offense to what Nelson could have given them.

He says that Graham is the top available free agent at the position and could be in the middle of a "bidding war".


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