The young core of the Green Bay Packers is not going away.
Jordy Nelson was the latest Packers draft pick to agree to a new contract extension on Monday, and it’s yet another team-friendly deal. John Clayton of ESPN.com reports it’s a three-year, $13.35 million extension through 2014. $5 million is guaranteed and the total value can reach $15 million.
The Packers also signed guard Josh Sitton to an extension earlier this season. Like Sitton’s contract, this is a win-win move.
Nelson gets a big pay bump and he gets the potential to hit free agency again while he’s still in his prime. The Packers get an improving young receiver at something less than full market value.
(Then again, perhaps Nelson wouldn’t make a killing if teams saw him as a “system guy” boosted by Aaron Rodgers. We think that would be selling him short. Nelson has 292 yards and three scores in four games this year.)
We know the NFL is inherently unpredictable, but smart organizations with elite quarterbacks like the Patriots and Colts found ways to win very consistently for a decade.
The Packers should do the same while Rodgers is around.