Packers G.M. talked to Aaron Rodgers after decision made to release Jordy Nelson

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Packers General Manager Brian Gutekunst wouldn’t say whether Jordy Nelson was offered an opportunity to stay in Green Bay on a restructured deal.

“I think Jordy is a really good player, and you certainly don’t want to let him walk out there,” Gutekunst told beat writers Tuesday night, via Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “But this is a big puzzle. There are limitations, and you can’t keep everyone.”

The Packers G.M. talked to Aaron Rodgers after deciding to release Nelson, but Gutekunst wouldn’t reveal anything about the conversation. Gutekunst, though, did allow that Nelson’s career in Green Bay likely is over after 10 seasons.

“These are tough days when you have to release a player who means so much to your organization, to your team,” Gutekunst said. “Jordy Nelson is one of the great Packers who have played here.”

Nelson, who was scheduled to make $9.25 million in base salary and count $12.5 million against the cap, turns 33 in May. He made only 53 catches for 482 yards and six touchdowns last season when Rodgers missed nine-plus games with a broken collarbone.

Still, Nelson is expected to find a healthy market with several teams in need of receiver help.

“I think it’s only natural as players get older, you see some physical decline,” Gutekunst said when asked whether he had seen decline after Nelson’s knee injury in 2015. “But I think Jordy is a very good player. He’ll contribute for somebody next year.”

38 responses to “Packers G.M. talked to Aaron Rodgers after decision made to release Jordy Nelson

  1. So if he’s a really good player, why did you cut him for a mediocre tight end to make room? I’m sure he and Brett will have a convo tonight, so much for Loyalty you Packers fans brag about.

  2. Given that Aaron Rodgers is your franchise, seems that cutting his best friend may be a conversation you’d have in advance. Watch Nelson now end up playing along side Tom Brady.

  3. Goodbye Jordy. Love ya, brother. See you when you’re inducted to the Packers’ Hall of Fame.

    Thanks for the memories, man. Always the consummate professional. It won’t be the same without you.

  4. This guy is a class act – the Cheese Cheaters gave him the shaft – what a pathetic organization. I hope Aaron “Can’t Run an offense without free plays” Rodgers enjoys this cut.

  5. Me after Ted Thompson was finally fired: Maybe the Packers will finally build a good team around Rodgers and take advantage of what’s left of his career.

    2 months later: Packers release Nelson.

  6. Packers G.M. talked to Aaron Rodgers after decision made to release Jordy Nelson
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    I think what you meant to say was that the Packer G.M. talked to Aaron Rodgers to ask him BEFORE Rodgers approved the decision to release Jordy Nelson AFTER it was made clear to Rodgers he would get Nelson’s cap space in Rodger’s new extension.

  7. I’ve been saying for a few years, the Packers have had 2 straight QBs at a HOF level for 26 years now, and won only 2 rings in that time. They wasted Favre by not building good teams around him and they’re doing the same to Rodgers. Cutting Nelson just further proves my point. When Ted Thompson finally stepped down I was hopeful they would not squander what is left of Rodgers’ career, now it looks like they’re gonna do just that. Hell, the only other team ever to have 2 straight HOF QBs like that is the 9ers with Montana and Young. What a waste it will be if they end the Favre-Rodgers era with only 2 SB wins.

  8. codylaws says:
    March 13, 2018 at 8:39 pm
    This makes Erin pissed like when Vikes broke his collarbone
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    Who?

  9. codylaws says:
    March 13, 2018 at 8:39 pm
    This makes Erin pissed like when Vikes broke his collarbone.
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    Henderson never broke his collarbone. He just a substance abuse violation and 2 DUIs.

  10. Welcome to Buffalo!!!! We love Classy hard working players..might not win a SB soon.. but you’ll the culture. Organization …Bills are a lot like GB except for Lombardies !!! hope to see u on our roster !!!!!!

  11. Silly drama (Vi)Queens. When a team has 3 Wrs making 10 mil plus a year, someone has to go. If not Jordy(33) then Cobb(28). Randall Cobb might still see his pay cut or an extension of less than 10 mil per year to get his cap hit down.

    Better to let him hit market and see what’s out there before trying to force a huge pay cut down his throat.

  12. Nelson was the third highest cap hit on the team, not worth it. I love the Vikings fans coming on here and ripping the packers for not being loyal…Adrian Peterson anyone?

    Great moves by pack so far. Especially signing Wilkerson, which PFT still hasn’t reported yet. I just broke the news for you guys, get me on your payro.

  13. cheeseisfattening says:
    March 13, 2018 at 8:48 pm
    Packers G.M. talked to Aaron Rodgers after decision made to release Jordy Nelson
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    I think what you meant to say was that the Packer G.M. talked to Aaron Rodgers to ask him BEFORE Rodgers approved the decision to release Jordy Nelson AFTER it was made clear to Rodgers he would get Nelson’s cap space in Rodger’s new extension.

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    Nice attempt at making a point, ‘Nitz. #stayinskool

  14. “Given that Aaron Rodgers is your franchise, seems that cutting his best friend may be a conversation you’d have in advance. Watch Nelson now end up playing along side Tom Brady.” How about the fact that Rodgers was lobbying Graham to come to GB. That oughta lessen the sting.

    NFL players don’t win or get paid by playing with their best friends. They win by playing with the best team around them.

    I am as big of a Jordy fan as anyone, but it’s time to move on. They kept Driver a year too long. Better to release a guy one year too early than one year too late. Draft the next man up to play across from Adams. In Cobb and Nelson, GB was left with 2 slot guys who were both too expensive.

  15. Hey coyotefan “They wasted Favre by not building good teams around him and they’re doing the same to Rodgers. Cutting Nelson just further proves my point.”

    Did you watch Nelson last year? He couldn’t beat anybody. He averaged just over 2 yards per catch. The whole idea of building a good team around Rodgers includes moving on from guy who are not performing and/or are too expensive to allow money for other upgrades.

  16. With the Vikes/Cousins contract; the cheese have to bracing for the aaron reckoning. Someone had to bite the bullet. Just happens to jordy.

  17. Bizarre, Jordy got hosed by Hundley and gets kicked to the curb while McCarthy keeps bleating about how he believes in Hundley. Jordy is a guy that Rodgers could count on, they had a knack for scoring TDs together, I don’t care how old Jordy is. In fact, Graham is only 2 years younger than him. So throw Nelson away like garbage in exchange for this barely younger unknown, and don’t bother talking to your future HOF QB about it til after the deed is done. Just wow.

  18. thegreatjimbrown says:
    March 13, 2018 at 9:11 pm
    Hey coyotefan “They wasted Favre by not building good teams around him and they’re doing the same to Rodgers. Cutting Nelson just further proves my point.”

    Did you watch Nelson last year? He couldn’t beat anybody. He averaged just over 2 yards per catch. The whole idea of building a good team around Rodgers includes moving on from guy who are not performing and/or are too expensive to allow money for other upgrades.

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    Wow. All the complainng about the slow recievers last year and now we have all the loyalists chiming in.

    The post above is spot on. I gotta believe he was asked to take a paycut and refused. Guessing a restructured cobb deal shows up or is cut as well.

    Its time to freshen things up. You can keep your favorite player. Get me some recievers that can create separation. If Graham pans out, rodgers touch on the seam will be unbeatable.

    At least were not going into the season status quo for the last few years, waiting for Ted to build a team around 10 late round picks that can barely play special teams. All while watching a has been d coordinator poorly scheme the good players you do have, and then become free agents and go to the pro bowl for another team.

    Some of you guys act like this team was one player away. It was not and needs change. At least he’s using all his options.

  19. Blame that on Hundley, he never threw the ball to Jordy!!! Get rid of that lousy ass back up qb!!!

  20. usdcoyotesfan says:
    March 13, 2018 at 8:50 pm

    I’ve been saying for a few years,

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    Let me stop you right there. Feel free to say something knew. That goes for everybody.

  21. mrdarkness13 says:
    So if he’s a really good player, why did you cut him for a mediocre tight end.
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    If you can't figure it out you need help. He wouldn't renegotiate. And Jimmy Graham was considered the best TE available by every scouting report.

  22. Hey Stellarperformace……so much for your NEW GREEN BAY PACKERS THE TEAM TO BEAT IN THE North. What a freaking dumpster fire your team has become.Stupid move! Look for Mr.Rodgers to be playing in another neighborhood next year.

  23. If you can’t figure it out you need help. He wouldn’t renegotiate. And Jimmy Graham was considered the best TE available by every scouting report.

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    What has Graham done in the past few years? What scouting report you reading? Celek and Burton were out there. Figure it out? I NEED HELP?……HAHAHA. Renegotiate? Where was that at? Packers cutting to make sure the Green Jesus gets his almighty cabbage!

  24. screamingyellowzonkers says:
    March 13, 2018 at 9:16 pm

    In other words, the real GM is King Aaron.
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    The article says exactly the opposite.

    “The Packers G.M. talked to Aaron Rodgers after deciding to release Nelson”.

  25. “What has Graham done in the past few years? What scouting report you reading? Celek and Burton were out there.”

    I dunno, maybe he led all TE’s in TD’s last year. You think Rodgers isn’t going to be able to do the same or better firing it to Jimmy in the red zone? I can agree with Burton though, would rather have a younger guy coming into his own but come on Celek is basically only a blocking tight end at this point.

  26. so much for your NEW GREEN BAY PACKERS THE TEAM TO BEAT IN THE North. What a freaking dumpster fire your team has become.Stupid move! Look for Mr.Rodgers to be playing in another neighborhood next year.
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    Some of you people have some serious issues. We’re a dumpster fire because we released a 33 year old receiver? Where do you trolls come up with this stuff? You should find a hobby and relieve some of that pent up frustration.

  27. Change is never that fun, remember Brett Farve. We would never got to see Rogers if he didnT go. Its time to bring in faster players. It will be ok.

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