Nelson produced three seasons of at least 1250 yards and 13 touchdowns and in National Football League history, only Jerry Rice (6), Randy Moss (5) and Terrell Owens (4) can say that. The net result is that Green Bay will replace Nelson by signing free-agent tight end Jimmy Graham (according to ESPN). Previous year with the Seahawks, Graham finished with 57 receptions for 520 yards and 10 touchdowns. In addition to the Packers, the New Orleans Saints - the team he played on for five years to start his career - and the Chicago Bears were among the teams in the hunt for his services.
For his career, Nelson has 550 receptions for 7,848 yards and 69 touchdowns.
We're not used to seeing tweets fly fast and furious that describe the Packers as shoppers in the free agent market.
The Packers' transition from Ted Thompson to Brian Gutekunst has brought about a change in philosophy.
It had to happen at some point, but most Packers fans would've preferred later down the road. In a related move, the Packers released veteran wide receiver Jordy Nelson.
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The Green Bay Packers have made two big moves, one day before free agency begins. Graham caught 10 touchdowns in 2017, the most of any tight end in the NFL. Even at age 32, soon to be 33 in May, as long as receivers can get open, then age shouldn't matter.
Nelson took a major step back this past season when Rodgers was lost for the season, and Brett Hundley took over as the starting quarterback.
"I don't think at this time (but) you never say never", Gutekunst said.
With Graham, the Packers will try to replicate what they got from the tight end position in 2016, when Jared Cook played such an huge role in the "run-the-table" winning streak that turned the Packers from a 4-6 team to one that lost in the NFC Championship Game. But his production declined last season with Rodgers sidelined much of the year by a collarbone injury. He caught four passes for 41 yards during his late-season call-up.