The Green Bay Packers will release wide receiver Jordy Nelson, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The announcement came minutes after news broke that the team plans to sign tight end Jimmy Graham.
The move comes with the idea of change in the Packers’ receiving corps and likely to make room for Jimmy Graham’s three-year contract. The move frees up a lot of cap space for the team, especially considering the contract just given to fellow receiver Davante Adams and the current contract for Randall Cobb.
In Nelson’s ten-season career with Green Bay, he caught 550 passes for 7,848 yards and 69 touchdowns. Nelson tore his ACL in the 2015 season but bounced back in the 2016 season with 97 catches for 1,257 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Nelson played a crucial role in the Packers’ run to and victory in Super Bowl 45 over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Nelson had played a key part in the Packers’ offense for his entire career.