Packers release WR Jordy Nelson, plan to sign TE Jimmy Graham

Dean Simpson
March 14, 2018

Both Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb could be released sooner rather than later, both creating cap space and allowing for multiple additions to be made.'s Mike Garofolo reports the Packers have "reached out" to free agent Jimmy Graham. Teams can now contact the representation of pending free agents. Clearly, in order to sign Graham - whose deal is for three years but can not become official until Wednesday, when the new league year begins - first-year general manager Brian Gutekunst knew he needed to create enough cap room to not only add Graham but improve the team's struggling defense.

Last season Nelson's numbers dipped.

Graham, 31, was reportedly receiving heavy interest from the Saints and teaming up again with Drew Brees but will instead join the best quarterback in the league with Rodgers.

The Green Bay Packers added a new piece to their offense on Tuesday, but it also meant letting an old piece go.

Nelson's 10-year run with the Packers ends as one of the top wide receivers in Green Bay history.

Nelson's release figures to foreshadow more moves for the Packers, who could use an upgrade at tight end. Graham remains a touchdown-scoring force but didn't offer much after the catch in 2017. Releasing Nelson may not be a permanent move, however.

They caught just a combined 43 receptions for 689 yards and just one touchdown between them - the lowest productivity level for tight ends in the passing game since 2004.

"He's been a great player here", Gutekunst said.

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