Jordy Nelson declined big pay cut from Packers

Jordy Nelson declined big pay cut from Packers”

Bennett was the running backs coach for the Packers between 2008-10, or Nelson's first three National Football League seasons, and the wide receivers coach from 2011-14 before being promoted to Green Bay's offensive coordinator in 2015-17.

During the NFL Combine, Packers coach Mike McCarthy hinted the staff may have been thinking about changes at wide receiver, saying "Jordy and Randall (Cobb) have been outstanding players for us, and they're still good players". One minute, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the Packers would sign Graham, perhaps the top free-agent tight end.

Nelson would immediately slot in as Seattle's number two receiving option and would benefit tremendously from having Russell Wilson as his quarterback, as opposed to Brett Hundley who was his primary QB a year ago in Rodgers' absence. He's most often been flexed out wide or in the slot as a pass catcher first and foremost.

Does this mean the Packers will dive into every free agent opportunity that comes their way, with deals like Kirk Cousins' $28 million/year guaranteed with the Vikings? His 520 receiving yards represented a significant drop-off from 2016, when he had 923 receiving yards. The 6-foot-7, 265-pound Graham would fit the bill.

Last season Nelson's numbers dipped. Last season, he caught 39 passes for 593 yards and eight touchdowns in 15 games with the Rams. He finished with 53 catches for 482 yards and six touchdowns.

Prior to that, Nelson had three straight seasons with over 85 receptions and 1,250 yards.

It was rumoured that five-time Pro Bowl selection Graham, 31, would return to the New Orleans Saints, especially after the re-signing of quarterback Drew Brees, but instead he will represent the Packers.

"I think one of the things that always stood out about Jordy to me was his preparation, his sacrifice to the game and to make himself prepared not only physically, but mentally", said Gutekunst, who spoke with Rodgers after the decision was made to let Nelson go.

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