Packers to sign Jimmy Graham, cutting Jordy Nelson

Former Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham headed to Green Bay
Former Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham headed to Green Bay

14 March, 2018

In the end, it was Aaron Rodgers and the Packers who came out on top. The net result is that Green Bay will replace Nelson by signing free-agent tight end Jimmy Graham (according to ESPN).

Graham has spent three years in Seattle after playing his first five years in New Orleans.

For his career, Nelson has 550 receptions for 7,848 yards and 69 touchdowns.

Graham was an unrestricted free agent.

When then-general manager Ted Thompson stepped down, and new general manager Brian Gutekunst stepped in, his plan was to be more active in free agency than in year's past.

The salary cap will decide a lot of that, and the Packers don't have a huge amount in their cap coffers for 2018 - just a little more than $15 million at this point, some of which has to go to drafted players. If anything, the Packers could re-sign Nelson as soon as tomorrow on a lower-paying deal if he really wants to stay in Green Bay.

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It's a harsh reality in the National Football League but today's decision by Green Bay Packers General Manager Brian Gutekunst to release popular veteran wide receiver Jordy Nelson still came as a jolt.

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

Wonder how Aaron Rodgers feels. Even though he'll be 33 in May, other teams should have interest in him. "But from what I've heard about Chicago, it's an incredible city and football town".

This one comes as a bit of a surprise, though the 32-year-old did look like he had lost a step last season.

Nelson saw his production drop last season after Rodgers broke his collarbone. He later was honored as the NFL Comeback Player of the Year. He signed a three-year, $21 million deal but played in only seven games before he was waived with the designation that he failed to disclose a medical condition (shoulder) in what proved to be an ugly divorce.

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