Report: Jordy Nelson wants to keep playing

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The Packers officially released wide receiver Jordy Nelson on Tuesday afternoon and General Manager Brian Gutekunst said in a statement that the franchise looks “forward to his eventual induction into the Packers Hall of Fame.”

It appears that Nelson isn’t quite ready to move on from active duty to the banquet circuit, however. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Nelson plans to continue playing.

Nelson, who turns 33 in May, is coming off a poor season that saw him catch 53 passes for 482 yards and six touchdowns. Some of that can be attributed to the absence of Aaron Rodgers with a broken collarbone, but Nelson looked like a slower version of himself even before Rodgers gave way to Brett Hundley.

Nelson bounced back well in 2016 after tearing his ACL the previous year and his past performance will likely give teams reason to think he can rebound again this season. How sure they are of such a rebound will be reflected in the amount of guaranteed money that Nelson gets in any new deal.

105 responses to “Report: Jordy Nelson wants to keep playing

  1. This eventually happens to all the great players with longevity, but it’s still a bummer when you see it happen to someone as talented and humble as Jordy. I hope to see him back in green and gold maybe at a reduced price, but either way, it was a hell of a ride. Best of luck to him.

  2. He will still be a solid 3rd WR on a team. His days of being a #1 or #2 are done.

  3. Jordy’s a straight up bada–. I’da cut Cobb instead. Wish him all the best. Thanks for all the hard work and toughness!!

  4. I would say sign him in Detroit so he can play GB twice a year but I can’t see him breaking our top 3 at WR… and if you are a number 4 and don’t play special teams as a gunner or return man well there likely isn’t a roster spot. Cold for GB to cut him. Players should never be criticized for trying to getting paid while they can in this league. There is zero loyalty.

  5. No mention of re-signing interest. Not good. See you later Jordy. I wish all players had your disposition. Good luck.

  6. Brian Gutekunst said in a statement that the franchise looks “forward to his eventual induction into the Packers Hall of Fame.”
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    That’s no great feat. Zeke Bratkowski is in the Packer Hall of Fame. He started nine games in his career for the Packers and had a 4-4-1 record.

  7. Veteran Stop-Gap Receiver to pair with Josh McCown in New York, until next year when we can draft a WR, or pickup a younger one in Free Agency. Wouldn’t mind surrounding whichever Rookie QB we draft with veteran offensive talent while he settles into becoming a leader on Offense.

  8. Wow. Two years ago with Rodgers at QB, Jordy catches nearly 100 passes for over 1,250 yards and 14 touchdowns and last year he’s the victim of poor quarterbacking by someone named Brett Hundley and this is how the Packers reward him?

  9. wash the playoff stench of constant losing off you and join a real team like Detroit or Chicago or come to Minnesota to play special teams!!

  10. Jordy Nelson plays the game and conducts himself the right way. A true role model. Any team would be lucky to acquire him.

  11. He’s not done.. Lost a step, but can still play at an elite level. Wherever he goes, he’ll be a welcomed addition and contributor. Good Luck!

  12. Maybe Jordy would like to play with the best QB in the game and come to Foxboro. He would have to take a pay cut and lift his game but he would look great in a Patriots jersey.

  13. Cobb is six years younger, this is not a surprise that he was kept over Nelson.
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    Cobb isn’t even half as productive.

    He should be out as well.

  14. Highly doubt he’ll be unemployed for long.
    I’m in the camp that would have kept him over Cobb as well.

  15. Jordy’s character is what every player should strive to be. He also plays very smart and will still be productive. I hope the Packers can get him at a lower cost for a few years.

  16. “poor season”

    Jordy Nelson: 53 recs, 482 yards, 6 TDs (cut)
    * Played most of the year with a horrible QB.

    Sammy Watkins: 39 recs, 593 yds, 8 TDs ($16 mil/yr, $30 mil guaranteed)
    Paul Richardson: 44 recs, 703 yds, 6 TDs ($8 mil/yr, $20 mil guaranteed)
    * Played all season with Pro Bowl QBs.

    Some team out there will pay him and pay him well.

  17. Maybe Jordy would like to play with the best QB in the game and come to Foxboro. He would have to take a pay cut and lift his game but he would look great in a Patriots jersey.
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    I must have missed something?

    The Patriots acquired Aaron Rodgers?

  18. What a shame. He was great for Green Bay each and every week. Exceptional talent with a great work ethic. Huge scoring threat for any defense facing him. I know Rodgers probably was not happy despite the Packers signing Jimmy Graham. Come to New Orleans, and pair up with Drew Brees and Mike Thomas. The two of you would be a nightmare to cover. Who Dat!

  19. “poor season”

    “”Jordy Nelson: 53 recs, 482 yards, 6 TDs (cut)
    * Played most of the year with a horrible QB.

    Sammy Watkins: 39 recs, 593 yds, 8 TDs ($16 mil/yr, $30 mil guaranteed)
    Paul Richardson: 44 recs, 703 yds, 6 TDs ($8 mil/yr, $20 mil guaranteed)
    * Played all season with Pro Bowl QBs.

    Some team out there will pay him and pay him well.””

    Watkins and Richardson are much younger than Jordy although both are overpaid.

  20. So the Packers effectively traded out Jordy Nelson for Jimmy G. I’m not even sure that’s an upgrade. Both are great RZ threats, but questionable between the 20’s. Rodgers can’t be very happy about losing his boy either.

  21. lifeistoughtrustmeimadolphinsfan says:
    March 13, 2018 at 5:23 pm
    Well he’d be a nice fit in NoLa or obviously the Pats.

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    Pats have their revievers, even had to let a good one go. Maybe NO though. They need to make it count for Brees now.

  22. Want the most dangerous team out there that nobody has mentioned yet that he should sign with if offered? Steelers! I’m not a Steelers fan, but imagine that running game with the best WR in football while adding Jordy to what they already have in up and coming JuJu.

  23. aarons444 says:
    March 13, 2018 at 5:37 pm

    Cobb is six years younger, this is not a surprise that he was kept over Nelson.
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    Cobb isn’t even half as productive.

    He should be out as well.

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    Instead.

  24. Watkins and Richardson are much younger than Jordy although both are overpaid.
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    They got what the market allowed.

    I hope Jordy decides he’d rather be a Packer. But if he chases money, good success to him. He’s certainly earned that right.

  25. aarons444 says:
    March 13, 2018 at 5:44 pm
    Maybe Jordy would like to play with the best QB in the game and come to Foxboro. He would have to take a pay cut and lift his game but he would look great in a Patriots jersey.
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    I must have missed something?

    The Patriots acquired Aaron Rodgers?
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    Lol, Rodgers would never accept a backup position. But still kudo’s on the homie points.

  26. Well he’d be a nice fit in NoLa or obviously the Pats.
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    I find it VERY hard to believe the Pats would have chosen Nelson over Amendola.

    And I also doubt, money being equal, he’d chose the NE over a return to GB.

  27. aarons444 says:
    March 13, 2018 at 5:49 pm
    Watkins and Richardson are much younger than Jordy although both are overpaid.
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    They got what the market allowed.
    I hope Jordy decides he’d rather be a Packer. But if he chases money, good success to him. He’s certainly earned that right.
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    Aaron chose money over Jordy. Rodgers has two years left on his deal. There was certainly room for both. His new deal will equal Jordy’s salary every year.

  28. The Almighty Cabbage says:

    [Cobb] Instead.
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    That would have been fine with me.

    I would have been fine with them carrying Nelson over Clay, or Cobb… and any of those 3 over that loafing Jimmy Graham.

    .. I’ll continue to hope he’s back after not liking what he finds on the open market.

    … but we’ve lost on that before (TJ Lang)

  29. Come to AZ and play next to Fitzgerald and David Johnson. That’s a tough matchup for any team in the league.

  30. In Teddy We Trusted says:
    March 13, 2018 at 5:25 pm
    Brian Gutekunst…
    That’s no great feat. Zeke Bratkowski is in the Packer Hall of Fame. He started nine games in his career for the Packers and had a 4-4-1 record
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    That 4-4-1 record would get Zeke $80M from the Queens today.

  31. Ouch. This one is tough. Im glad I dont have to make these decisions. Jordy is such a professional and one of the best route runners in the league despite losing some speed. Hope Gutekunst has a vision – there’s lots of work to be done.

  32. It’s tough to see a great human being like Nelson get cut. What a superb person.
    However he lost that explosive cut that created space. Granted he missed Aaron throwing the rock and the timing those two had. I’m hearing they wanted him to sign a new reduced contract. It’s possible they bring him back if there’s no better offers on the table.
    But it would only be a 1 year deal.

  33. nhpats says:
    March 13, 2018 at 6:11 pm
    The Packers need to make some room so they can pay Rogers $45M per year so Rogers can feel good about himself.
    >>>>>>>>>>>>><<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
    The reason he will get a new deal is to reduce his cap number by as much as $10 – 12 mil over the next 2 years. If you don't believe me go look it up smarty.
    There wasn't much thought put into your post nhpats.

  34. Man it will be weird to see him in any other colors. If he can hook up with the right system, like NE or NO, I bet he has another two good years in him.

  35. Randall Cobb may be younger but the last time he really played well was 2014. I’d give Jordy a better chance of having another big year still left in him than Cobb.

  36. In Teddy We Trusted says:
    March 13, 2018 at 5:25 pm
    Brian Gutekunst said in a statement that the franchise looks “forward to his eventual induction into the Packers Hall of Fame.”
    _______

    That’s no great feat. Zeke Bratkowski is in the Packer Hall of Fame. He started nine games in his career for the Packers and had a 4-4-1 record.
    _____________________

    I fully realize that this is going to fall on deaf ears as Barneys have such a disdain for football history, but Zeke is a wonderful, very much loved character around here.
    Backing up a Canton bound QB like Bart Starr (‘63-‘68, ‘71) you don’t get a lot of starts, or playing time in general, so you have to make the most of those situations.
    Like in ‘65 when he spelled an injured Starr to lead the Packers to a 13-10 OT win over the Colts in the playoffs.
    Allowing Starr to return the following week to beat the Cleveland Browns for the NFL Championship. ( You’ve heard of those, right?)
    Starr would credit Bratkowski on numerous occasions for being such a great offensive sounding board, both in the meeting room and on the sidelines.

    Zeke would go on to make his mark as a beloved Packers assistant coach for many years.
    Some may say that is the main reason he’s enshrined in the Packers Hall of Fame.
    You see, some things you can’t just boil down to cold, hard statistics.

  37. ninetysixer says:
    March 13, 2018 at 5:29 pm
    Ozzie Newsome on line 1
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    The exact type of WR he loves to grab. Hopefully he brings that Boldin/Agent89 presence.

  38. Even at 33 he is 10 times better than any receiver the Ravens currently have. He would be a great fit in B’more

  39. A team loaded with cap space with a franchise QB but virtually no decent WR’s. This reeks of a 49’er deal.

  40. This article says some of Nelson’s declining stats in 2017 can be attributed to Aaron Rodgers missing 9 games. Wow!! Is that an understatement!! Prior to Rodgers going down (which was game 6) Nelson had 6 TD’s and 230 yards receiving in 5 games (he did not play in one game because he was hurt). After Rodgers went down, he played with one of the worst starting QB’s in the league and had 0 TD’s the rest of the way.
    Jordy Nelson is going to sign with someone and he will put up good numbers again. I hope it’s with the Packers, but if it isn’t he will still be very productive.

  41. Hey Vikings fans — the Eagles just scored another touchdown against your “great” defense!! Ha ha ha ha !!!
    Now your team has just made a huge mistake by giving Kirk Cousins all that money. I can name 10 QB’s in the NFC alone who are better than Cousins! In case you don’t believe me, here they are:
    1. Aaron Rodgers
    2. Drew Brees
    3. Russell Wilson
    4. Carson Wentz
    5. Nick Foles
    6. Dak Prescott
    7. Matthew Stafford
    8. Jimmy Garoppolo
    9. Matt Ryan
    10. Cam Newton

    And that’s just the NFC !!!!!! The Redskins have made a lot of dumb decisions in recent teams, but this one — with Cousins — was a smart one. They knew he is never going to be an elite QB and they got rid of him rather than do what the Vikings did — which is over-pay him!!

  42. I would like to see the Cowboys sign him because he knows how to run a route and can catch the ball on critical plays. Perhaps some of his skills could rub off on the Boys receivers, especially when it comes to “dropped balls”.

  43. I don’t think this is simply a question of Jordy being the victim of A. Rodgers being out. Surely the Packers know something more before they cut him. They see him everyday in practice and know a lot more than us simple fans know. If they cut him (maybe not the classiest way to handle the situation), then I’m going to assume they know what he really has left in the tank. That being said, he gets a deal somewhere for some quick cash to string out the last few years in his great career.

  44. eramming says:
    March 13, 2018 at 6:02 pm
    Come to AZ and play next to Fitzgerald and David Johnson. That’s a tough matchup for any team in the league.

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    Maybe 5 years ago…. Fitz is now just a possession receiver, kinda like Jordy

  45. Jordy Nelson has great timing and chemistry with Aaron Rodgers. He was released due to his age, his loss of speed, his increased injuries, and his cap hit. Even though he’s slowed down a step in the past year or so, don’t rule him out resigning with the Packers at a reduced rate after he tests the market.

  46. nyneal says:
    March 13, 2018 at 7:07 pm
    Hey Vikings fans — the Eagles just scored another touchdown against your “great” defense!! Ha ha ha ha !!!
    Now your team has just made a huge mistake by giving Kirk Cousins all that money. I can name 10 QB’s in the NFC alone who are better than Cousins! In case you don’t believe me, here they are:
    1. Aaron Rodgers
    2. Drew Brees
    3. Russell Wilson
    4. Carson Wentz
    5. Nick Foles
    6. Dak Prescott
    7. Matthew Stafford
    8. Jimmy Garoppolo
    9. Matt Ryan
    10. Cam Newton

    And that’s just the NFC !!!!!! The Redskins have made a lot of dumb decisions in recent teams, but this one — with Cousins — was a smart one. They knew he is never going to be an elite QB and they got rid of him rather than do what the Vikings did — which is over-pay him

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    Funny joke, the Falcons just scored another TD against the pack. Ha ha ha. That was lame, sorry. When I seen you had Dak on that list I couldn’t take you serious.

  47. March 13, 2018 at 5:23 pm
    No reason to retire he can still play

    Would rather cut Cobb then Jordy personally

    Jordy is Slow and Way over payed compared to Randell Cobb. You cut the bum and go get some defensive help

  48. Hundley isn’t to blame. Jordy had the lowest percentage of catches versus drops in his career. Jordy also had the lowest yards per catch in his career. He’s 33! Some of you need to stop being emotional like high school girls and realize the NFL is a young man’s game. Just ask Adrian Peterson (33), John Kuhn (35), Paul Posluszny (33 & announced his retirement), & Richard Sherman (31) to name a few.

  49. flviking says:
    March 13, 2018 at 7:43 pm
    Funny joke, the Falcons just scored another TD against the pack. Ha ha ha. That was lame, sorry. When I seen you had Dak on that list I couldn’t take you serious.
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    The heavily favored Falcons, playing at home against a decimated Packer squad, scored again, more than a year ago, after winning by 23? That’s a trick.

    Tell us; Did the heavily favored and regularly “vaunted” Viking defense incur another faceplant against the Eagles, less than two months ago, losing by 31? Much easier trick.

    Fight-picking maroon.

    Sorry. Too soon?

  50. Liberalsruineverything says:
    March 13, 2018 at 8:19 pm
    The dark days are back in Green Bay. Capped out with nothing for talent to show for it. Now they get to pay Hollywood Rodgers even more money. It must be infuriating.
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    Sure. It’s as infuriating as fingerprints on their four Lombardi’s. Wouldn’t you agree?

    Hello?

    Hello?

  51. To all the Packer fans thinking Jordie will be back with the Packers…

    That might happen, but think about it for 30 seconds.

    I have trouble believing the Packers didn’t try to get Nelson to renegotiate a new contract before they cut him.

    Now that they DID cut him, the Packers just took a cap hit.

    If they resign him now, they still incur the cap hit, but Jordie doesn’t get the money.

    Bottom line, I think Nelson era in GB is over.

  52. Jordy will likely sign back with the Packers at a reduced salary. At his age, he’d be stupid to not stay with the Packers, especially being one of the best ever pairings at QB and WR. He’s not gonna be interested in learning a new system, so the motivation is accept lesser pay is there.

  53. Good luck Jordy. It’s been a pleasure to watch you play football for the last 10 years. All class, dignity and style. The community will miss you.

  54. @nyneal,

    The very fact you have Dak Prescott rated 6th shows you no absolutely nothing about football

  55. gtodriver says:
    March 13, 2018 at 8:29 pm
    To all the Packer fans thinking Jordie will be back with the Packers…

    That might happen, but think about it for 30 seconds.

    I have trouble believing the Packers didn’t try to get Nelson to renegotiate a new contract before they cut him.

    Now that they DID cut him, the Packers just took a cap hit.

    If they resign him now, they still incur the cap hit, but Jordie doesn’t get the money.

    Bottom line, I think Nelson era in GB is over.
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    I agree with you 100% (Rare, right?)
    I honestly doubt that Gutey would have given him such a nicely worded send off if they had any intention of resigning him.
    Obviously he refused to take a paycut and Green Bay was forced to move on.
    Loved Jordy, I really enjoyed watching him skate through defenders for the better part of 10 seasons.
    He was a great player, consummate Pro and a decent person all the way around.
    He’ll always be a Green Bay Packer and a World Champion.
    I wish him tremendous success, whatever he decides to do with his future.
    As for Green Bay, it’s time to move forward.

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