At one point during his Tuesday evening news conference, Brian Gutekunst issued a subtle reminder that, technically, National Football League free agency hadn't even started yet.
With Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb on the decline, Gutekunst is intrigued by the marquee names available at wide receiver. Well, that's where 10-year Packers wideout Jordy Nelson comes in. Nelson was scheduled to make $9.25 million in base salary.
Nelson and Rodgers hold the Packers' record for most touchdowns by a quarterback-receiver duo with 65. He was scheduled to count over a little over $12.5 million on the Packers' cap in 2018. First, they are signing tight end Jimmy Graham, but that's not all!
After missing the entire 2016 season, the Kansas State product returned and struggled to replicate his previous success this year, especially when Rodgers became sidelined by his broken collarbone.
In a corresponding move, Green Bay is also releasing Jordy Nelson, according to Schefter.
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His franchise numbers with the Packers puts him near the top in many significant categories: third in catches (550), fifth in receiving yards (7,848) and second in receiving touchdowns (69).
It was rumored on Monday that Green Bay might get involved with either Sammy Watkins or Allen Robinson in free agency, but both guys are heading to different destinations.
Davante Adams, who has emerged as the No. 1 receiver, signed a contract extension past year. "We wish Jordy, his wife Emily, and the rest of their family all the best". If they meant to bring him back at lower cost they would have changed the existing deal.
We're not used to seeing tweets fly fast and furious that describe the Packers as shoppers in the free agent market.
Last year, the Packers signed Martellus Bennett to a three-year, big-money deal, and it turned out poorly.