Green Bay Packers releasing franchise great WR Jordy Nelson

Green Bay Packers releasing franchise great WR Jordy Nelson

The team reportedly made overtures to various players, including tight ends Jimmy Graham and Austin Seferian-Jenkins and cornerbacks Malcolm Butler and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.

Nelson was set to make just over $9.5 million in base salary for 2018 with the potential for over $12 million with incentives.

Over nine seasons, Nelson would rack up 550 receptions for 7,848 yards and 69 touchdowns.

Dubin says, "Graham's got quite the choice on his hands: go back and play with Drew Brees again or hook up with Aaron Rodgers and immediately become the most talented tight end the Packers QB has ever had". The specifics of the contract have not been disclosed, and the move can not become official until Wednesday afternoon and the start of the new league year.

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"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 release.

Graham averaged 8.9 FanDuel points per game last season, with 57 catches (96 targets) for 520 yards and 10 touchdowns. But, they may not be moves fans are expecting. Nelson had played a key part in the Packers' offense for his entire career. Graham would theoretically replace Martellus Bennett, who was released late last season. He had a down year in 2017, catching just 6 touchdowns in the regular season and amassing only 482 yards as he fought through nagging injuries.

Speaking at the National Football League scouting combine in Indianapolis last month, Gutekunst didn't sound as if he meant to cut Nelson.

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