Green Bay Packers release wide receiver Jordy Nelson, per report

Tyler Owen
March 14, 2018

The Saints and Packers are the two teams in the running for tight end Jimmy Graham, according to Greg Bell of the Seattle Times. The Packers announced Nelson's release shortly after the news broke.

"We can not thank Jordy enough for all that he has given the Green Bay Packers and our community for the past 10 years", general manager Brian Gutekunst said in a statement.

On Tuesday, the Packers released the former second-team All-Pro wide receiver (according to the NFL Network) to clear salary-cap room. The team is in need of a pass-catching tight end while Graham had his greatest success as a player with Drew Brees as his quarterback.

The question now is: what's the market like for a 32 year-old, oft-injured receiver who has seen a dramatic reduction in catches, receiving yards and touchdowns this past season? "Jordy will always be a member of the Packers family and we look forward to his eventual induction into the Packers Hall of Fame".

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Graham, 31, caught 57 passes for 520 yards and 10 touchdowns with the Seattle Seahawks past year, showcasing his ability to be a force in the red zone. Both Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb could be released sooner rather than later, both creating cap space and allowing for multiple additions to be made.

The Packers are trying to bolster an offense that is beginning to show age on the outside.

The tight end position with the Packers has been one of a lack of productivity, particularly in 2017 with the combination of Martellus Bennett, Lance Kendricks and Richard Rodgers. All six of those TDs came before Rodgers' Oct. 15 injury.

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