Jordy Nelson “hurt” by lack of desire by Packers to keep him

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After playing for 10 years with the Green Bay Packers, wide receiver Jordy Nelson can’t help but feel a little hurt by the way the relationship came to an end.

Nelson was released by Green Bay before the start of free agency and he elected to sign with the Oakland Raiders in the ensuing days. The Packers asked Nelson to take a significant pay cut in order to remain with the team. However, it appears as though his salary wasn’t the only that would have been cut had he remained in Green Bay.

“I think the number was part of it, but also the conversation I had in the meeting,” Nelson said on ESPN Milwaukee, via Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com. “I met with (General Manager) Brian (Gutekunst) and had a discussion because I had to get a feel for not just the pay cut but what their plans were going forward. After that meeting, there wasn’t, I don’t think, much desire there. I think with the combination of both, we decided what was best for myself and my family [just] as they decided what was best for them and the Packers.”

Nelson seemingly acknowledged he would have been open to some sort of adjustment to his contract to facilitate an agreement to remain with the Packers. But when the team “really, really low-balled” him, according to former teammate James Jones, it made it clear there wasn’t much of a desire across the table for the relationship to continue.

“I think the hurt part was, to be honest, was the unwillingness to try to make it work,” Nelson said. “But then again, it’s a business, and they have to do what they think is best. What they need to do is to be able to move forward and prepare for the future of the Packers. But I think that was just part of it, but that’s the way it is. I’m definitely not the only one that’s been cut or released when you don’t think it’s going to happen, and it’s not what you want to hear when you go into a meeting with them. But we’ve moved on.”

Nelson posted 1,000 yards receiving four times in his tenure in Green Bay and recorded double-digit touchdowns on three separate occasions. However, he caught just 53 passes for 482 yards and six touchdown with the Packers last year and averaged less than 10 yards per reception for the first time in his career. The absence of Aaron Rodgers certainly factored into that equation as Nelson caught six touchdowns in the team’s first five games with Rodgers before putting up a goose egg the remainder of the season.

51 responses to “Jordy Nelson “hurt” by lack of desire by Packers to keep him

  1. SO Nelson upset with all those idiot who paid $250 for a piece of paper saying they owned the most over rated franchise ever! Who remembers the Bay of Pigs games with tampa bay for years!

  2. I would try to say something negative about the Packers but the fact is Nelson can’t play anymore. Rodgers may have been able to get something out of him but they’re better off going with someone younger and cheaper. I think the Raiders were crazy to swap out Crabtree for Nelson.

  3. This will bring in lots of interest from free agents. They’ll want to play for the Packers when they see how our best-loved players are treated. This will also make our home-grown players want to stay, too. I’m sure of it. Because of how well we treated Jordy, ya know. Like family.

  4. I would be interested in seeing the combined numbers for all of the wideouts after Rodgers went down. The production from the group as a whole must have suffered greatly.

  5. I’m gonna miss Jordy big time. He would have had another banner year if Rodgers hadn’t gotten hurt. The back-up QB was in way over his head … and the offense stunk for the rest of the year. Dropping Jordy might wind up being a massive mistake. Wish him the best in Oakland … I might have to get a black Raider jersey to supplement my Packer ones.

  6. Green Bay has shown repeatedly over the years they’d rather get rid of a player a year or two early than a year or two too late. Jordy is the latest example. But James Jones was there, too. And Josh Sitton. And maybe even Donald Driver.

  7. So here we are: After years of taunting and ridicule by Packer fans and their self-proclaimed elite team, management and paper-trail “ownership”, the truth comes out. Jordy Nelson tossed aside like yesterday’s news. What were those words Packer trolls spit at other teams? Classless? Pathetic? Yep.

  8. Jordy is a true pro and class act. Wish he finished a Packer but I understand the business side of this. I would not be shocked if he is one and done in Oakland.

  9. We’re sorry too Jordy. Always one of my favorites. It must feel a lot like when the Vikings didn’t re-sign Peterson. Everyone knows he was like a god to their fans. But the needs of many outweigh the needs of one. Good luck.

  10. Hahaha, Packers are really falling off. Whether you want to admit it or not, the beginning of the end started a year or two ago. Bears and Lions are already better.

  11. Some would say he is a product of a good Quarterback and without one throwing to him he becomes average at best. Carr is an average to slightly above average QB, so If Nelson’s numbers go back up he will have busted that theory.

  12. I don’t blame him for feeling this way. Unfortunately, however, this was strictly a business decision. In this day and age, with the salary cap as it is, a team cannot commit as much money to the WR corp, and be expected to have enough money for quality players at all other positions.

    Godspeed Jordy. Packers fans will always root for you.

  13. Look, I am a Packers fan and always loved Jordy Nelson. He is a class act and always gave 100% on every play. He was also a good guy who never caused an ounce of trouble. He played hurt, and he made the tough catches over the middle as well as down the field. I hope he does well for Oakland, and I think he will.
    But as Jack Webb used to say, “just the facts ma’am”. And the facts are these — Jordy is 32 years old and doesn’t run as well as he once did. He’s also been hurt and missed a fair amount of games. He was making more money than the Packers could afford to pay him. And it’s obvious that Davante Adams is now the Packers #1 WR and the Packers need to find a #2 WR receiver who is faster than Jordy. Maybe Geronimo Allison or one of the other guys can step up their play and be that guy. Randall Cobb is younger than Jordy and he does a lot of things well. I can see why they decided to keep Randall and let Jordy go.
    The last fact is this. We are reminded by players all the time that the NFL is just a business. The Packers paid Jordy a lot of money over the years and he was an excellent WR for them, one of the most under appreciated WR’s in the NFL. But unless he was willing to take a substanial pay cut and change his role, the Packers had no choice but to let him go.
    It would not shock me to see them draft a WR with their first pick — the #14th overall, despite their obvious need to rebuild the defense. With probably 4 and maybe even 5 QB’s taken before they pick, and the need for edge rushers and DB’s, there just might be a WR at #14 who they cannot pass up.
    Good luck to you Jordy, but please don’t do what Greg Jennings and James Jones have done after they were gone — whine about the Packers not wanting them anymore. Remember — it’s just a business.

  14. Decisions like this aren’t surprising coming from a front office that undermined those above them to get their jobs . Point being loyalty and respect are just words in a dictionary to them as their actions have proven .

  15. To be completely objective, the Packers did make an offer. Low ball is Jordy’s term, the Packers made an opening offer and Nelson choose to walk away.

    Working in real estate, I see this all the time. The opening offer is made to send a signal to the other side as to where they see the final figure. Jordy reminds me of the homeowner thinking their property is worth far more than the real number. So he got paid by the Raiders, let’s all wait until the end of the season to see if they got their money’s worth.

  16. Hahaha, Packers are really falling off. Whether you want to admit it or not, the beginning of the end started a year or two ago. Bears and Lions are already better.
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    Gotta love it when Viking fans display their “knowledge”. We cut a 33 year old receiver and we are worse than the bears and lions? At least you didn’t say the Vikes too. In reality we’ve added three good players, a great DC, and our oc from the last SB win. Everyone with a brain knows things are looking up.

  17. I will say that to the people that this really mattered, chiefly Nelson and Packer fans, they were already on his side. He should be waiting patiently for the upcoming GB/Oak game in 2019 to do his “commenting”. Sometimes silence is golden.

  18. Great – now close the door on Green Bay and get your butt to work in Oaktown. Don’t care about how you “feel” you were treated by the former employer. Produce for the new one, the one that DID pay you.

  19. Any of these commenters saying Jordy can’t play anymore is crazy. Dude is a straight up baller. I believe w his style he has plenty of years left and I am really disappointed that the Pack let him go. A-Rod trusted him because he was reliable, could get separation, and always made the play. Gruden’s no dummy and I hope Jordy makes the pro bowl this year even though he unfortunately won’t be doing it for my team.

  20. Most recently, Jordy did well on plays that were extended by Rodgers. On straight plays, he could not separate and no longer had downfield speed. At time, he was being covered one on one by linebackers. Time to go. It doesn’t mean he’s disliked or unappreciated.

  21. On the one hand you have to commend the Pack for having the fortitude to make such a tough decision on a beloved player, but on the other hand, you have to wonder if he didn’t have at least one more year in the tank with Rodgers sufficient to justify a chance to end his career with the Pack at a bit more than the veteran minimum. Seems to me a compromise could have been reached, but Gutey made it pretty clear in his meeting with Jordy that the team was having none of that, and that’s really too bad.

  22. ragnarthemagnificent says:
    March 27, 2018 at 1:20 pm
    The Fudge did Jordy a favor. Now he has a chance to play on a winning team!
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    Viking troll #117 with a crystal ball.

    How about you? Can you tell us if the Vikings finally win a SuperBowl?

  23. Most Viking fans are like purpleguy – reasonable and good football fans. Unfortunately this site doesn’t reflect that at all. Jordy Nelson is still a good player, and one of the classiest players ever. It really is a shame Green Bay couldn’t find a way to keep him another year or two. It’s debatable that he’d be one of their top 2 WRs, and after the top 2 they really have nothing else anyway.

  24. You know why the Packer uniforms have green in them? It is from the scum that sticks to them while they feed off the bottom…

  25. Wisconsin is VASTLY Superior! says:
    March 27, 2018 at 9:30 am
    The same Vikings fans were saying how washed up Jordy was just a few weeks ago. Hypocritical trash. Hope you guys enjoyed your once in a decade season of success, because it’s all downhill from here Minnesota.
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    Typical Packer fan, making up things as you go, Vikes have won the Division 2 of the last 3 years… Now The Packers have cleaned house on the riff raff (except their outdated Coaching Staff) and started doing business like the Vikings in FA.. Better sell that toilet paper Stock while it’s still worth as much as…well…Toilet Paper!

  26. At time, he was being covered one on one by linebackers.
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    I’m sorry. This is false. Jordy still can contribute to an offense, just not in the ways he used to. He still gets open underneath with his quick spins and excellent footwork, but lost his fifth gear due to the knee injury (and Father Time?).

    He’d still torch linebackers.

  27. kingthielenscourt says:
    March 27, 2018 at 3:23 pm

    You know why the Packer uniforms have green in them? It is from the scum that sticks to them while they feed off the bottom…
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    Rimshot. Crickets.

  28. packertruth says:
    March 27, 2018 at 3:42 pm
    kingthielenscourt says:
    March 27, 2018 at 3:23 pm

    You know why the Packer uniforms have green in them? It is from the scum that sticks to them while they feed off the bottom…
    ____________

    Rimshot. Crickets.
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    Crickets are because all the Pac fair weather fans have jumped off the band wagon. They are standing in line for Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears season tickets..
    Going to be a generation or so at least for The Vikings Season Tickets…

  29. kingthielenscourt says:
    March 27, 2018 at 4:18 pm
    Going to be a generation or so at least for The Vikings Season Tickets…
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    Oh good…….another Viking troll with a crystal ball that tells the future.

    Tell us……do the Vikings finally win a SuperBowl, or do they “bust?”

  30. davemishsr says:
    March 27, 2018 at 1:52 am

    I would be interested in seeing the combined numbers for all of the wideouts after Rodgers went down. The production from the group as a whole must have suffered greatly.
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    Not Davante Adams. His numbers were pretty much the same with or without Rodgers. Nelson fell off the face of the earth when Rodgers went down.

  31. Tell us……do the Vikings finally win a SuperBowl, or do they “bust?”
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    Not as busted as the Pack will be in 2 years after they sign Rodgers.

  32. kingthielenscourt says:
    March 27, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    Typical Packer fan, making up things as you go, Vikes have won the Division 2 of the last 3 years…
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    Just curious, does winning a division make a season successful

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    crownofthehelmet says:

    March 28, 2018 at 9:05 pm

    I’ll sure miss hearing about his softball homeruns.

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    or winning the juggling competition in training camp?

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