Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Packers make two big moves: Signing Jimmy Graham and releasing Jordy Nelson

Packers make two big moves: Signing Jimmy Graham and releasing Jordy Nelson

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 Green Bay Packers announced on Tuesday that they have released veteran wide receiver Jordy Nelson. The Packers ranked third in red-zone conversion percentage a year ago, even with Aaron Rodgers injured for half the season.

Nelson ranks third in team history in catches (550), fifth in receiving yards (7,848) and second in touchdown catches (69).

It's the first major roster cut by new general manager Brian Gutekunst, who replaced Ted Thompson in January. The move is one of two big moves for the Packers Tuesday, as they released former Pro Bowl wide receiver Jordy Nelson as well.

He has spent his entire 10-year career in Green Bay, but slowed down significantly last season and frees up the funds to bring in Graham when the window to sign free agents begins on Wednesday. One minute, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the Packers would sign Graham, perhaps the top free-agent tight end. In total, he has eclipsed 1,200 yards four times, and has three seasons of double-digit touchdowns. Even though he'll be 33 in May, other teams should have interest in him. Nelson has been a favorite target of Aaron Rodgers.

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He was traded to Minnesota in September 2016 and started 15 games that season after Teddy Bridgewater's knee injury. Bradford appears to be healthy, at least as healthy as someone who has gotten hurt as many time as he has, can.

I've heard it a thousand times."It's a young man's game".

Still. Nelson's 10 years with the Packers was historically productive.

While fans will miss Jordy, they're awaiting to see what the packers' next moves will be.

This one comes as a bit of a surprise, though the 32-year-old did look like he had lost a step last season. He's a candidate to start at right guard if veteran Jahri Evans, the starter there last season, doesn't return or decides to retire. He was also the NFL's comeback player of the year. The way he snapped around to catch back-shoulder passes from Rodgers was unmatched.

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