Packers receiver Jordy Nelson is heading into the final year of his contract, but he hopes to have a new deal in place long before the start of free agency in 2015.
Nelson said he isn’t even thinking about how much money he might make in free agency because he believes he can work out a new deal to remain in Green Bay beyond this season.
“I haven’t thought that far. I guess I’m more focused on hoping it gets done before that,” Nelson told the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “Obviously you want to get it done as soon as possible, but there are a lot of other people involved in that. It’s a process, we’ll just have to wait and see how it goes.”
In 2011, Nelson signed a three-year, $12.6 million contract with the Packers. He’s probably looking for a better deal than that now, considering that he’s coming off a season in which he had career highs in catches (85) and yards (1,314). If Nelson were to repeat that performance again this year, he’d be well positioned to cash in when free agency begins. But Nelson said he thinks he and the Packers will get on the same page.
“They know everything about me, they know we don’t want to leave, so I’m not worried about saying it. We just want to make sure you get it done,” Nelson said.
With Nelson happy in Green Bay and the Packers happy with his performance, there’s a good chance something will get done soon.