Packers release Jordy Nelson

After 10 seasons, Nelson a free agent

Mike Clemens
March 13, 2018 - 6:44 pm

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Green Bay, WI - After 10 seasons, Jordy Nelson is no longer a Green Bay Packer. 

Moments after reports that the team had reached terms with Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham, the Packers released the 32-year-old Nelson, the go-to guy for Aaron Rodgers since their Super Bowl win. 

After suffering a torn ACL in a preseason game in Pittsburgh in 2015, questions were raised if Nelson had lost his speed and separation from defenders. Then in 2017, when Rodgers went down with a broken collar bone October 15th, the spotlight turned from Nelson to fellow receiver Davante Adams, who at the end of the season was rewarded with a 4-year extension worth $58 million. 

The move appears to be final for the Packers. It is doubtful this is a ploy to get Nelson to agree to taking a significant pay cut.  

The Packers new general manager Brian Gutenkunst released a lengthy statement, recapping Nelson's many accomplishments as a player, 5th overall in franchise history as a wide receiver.

“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.”

Former teammate TJ Lang, left guard for the Detroit Lions, tweeted that Nelson was "one of the best teammates I ever had. The next team to land Jordy will not regret it."

Nelson will no doubt be named one day to the Packers team Hall of Fame. In the meantime, Nelson says he still wants to play this season and begins to market himself to the other 31 NFL teams. READ MORE  

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