Report: Packers asked Jordy Nelson to take pay cut before release

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Before releasing the veteran wide receiver on Tuesday, the Green Bay Packers asked Jordy Nelson to take a substantial pay cut, according to Jason Wilde of ESPNWisconsin.com.

Nelson was scheduled to earn $9.25 million from the Packers in base salary in 2018, per NFLPA records. Per Wilde, the team asked Nelson to trim his salary to amount not significantly higher than the league minimum amount for a player of Nelson’s experience.

For a 10-year veteran like Nelson, the minimum salary Nelson could earn in 2018 would be $1.105 million.

Nelson has posted a 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. It was one of his least productive seasons with the team since emerging as a top target in 2011, though Aaron Rodgers missing a sizable chunk of the year due to injury certainly played a part as well.

With the type of money being thrown at receivers the last few days, it’s not a surprise that Nelson would feel confident he could find a better paycheck elsewhere in the NFL. He begins that search with a visit to the Oakland Raiders on Wednesday.

46 responses to “Report: Packers asked Jordy Nelson to take pay cut before release

  1. Wow did Gutekunst spit in his face and slap him upside his head too when telling him to take a pay cut? Not much respect going around in Green Bay lately.

  2. Nah, didn’t happen. Packer’s are all about the team honoring their contract, right? Aaron really didn’t ask for a new contract with two years to go. Jordy certainly would have taken a pay cut to remain a Packer. Nah, none of this just happened. I’ll believe it when the season starts. Jordy will come back on a cut rate deal and Aaron will play out his next two years of his contract.

  3. If these figures are true (and it’s dubious), you can’t blame him for rejecting the adjustment. Near league minimum would be an insult – there had to be incentives built in. But regardless, Packers have no “owner-reason” to be under the salary cap, so an extremely lowball offer to Jordy would not be right, especially if Jimmy Graham is getting a lucrative contract.

  4. Wow…easy Vikings guys!! Is this all you do is wait for a Packer article to blow some steam?? Bears n lions fans have more class and better things to do. And remember…u let your qb who just saved your season walk for capn kirk. Loyalty??

  5. Another veteran packer player who gave his heart and soul to the team has been kicked to the curb. Typical packers.
    >>>>>>>>>>>><<<<<<<<<<<<
    Life is tough. Suck it up peanut.

  6. Too bad Jordy (and his agent) didn’t take the AJ Hawk route, which was to unashamedly recognize his limitations and accept a lessened contract reflective of same and identify and accept his new role. Ego will do that. I will always admire the very capable journeyman Hawk for doing just that. Being the dump-ee in a divorce is always harder than being the dump-or. I don’t blame him for believing he still has what it takes. He just doesn’t.

    Still love ya Jordy.

  7. see you in the Packer HOF Mr Nelson. Vikings fans are still stewing about losing the NFC championship game.

  8. I feel there is more to the story. How much would have been guaranteed in restructure? Often times teams would make the seasons salary a signing bonus/ gur. money.

    Love all these hardline stances and comments, when people only have possible moves and half the story, no firm numbers and information from “sources”

  9. It’s the sensible thing…..Nelson isn’t a number one or number two, injuries here and there, couldn’t stay healthy….lost more than a step…..we need to get younger and faster at the position. One of my all time favorites, it was a privilege watching him play.

  10. That is an insulting offer. The Packers must have something ready. Jordy is better than Cobb and close to Adams. Hundley was the real problem, not Jordy. Hopefully Jordy goes to a good team with a good QB and has a solid season.

  11. If he was Richard Sherman he would go sign with Minnesota and start yapping about how badly managed Green Bay is.

    Something tells me Jordy has more class than that… As well as more control of his emotions.

  12. Jordy has been a tremendous player to say the least, but he was downright awful last year. He let guys bring him to the ground with no fight or competiveness at all. The Packers are getting old and complacent. There is tons of fat that needs to be trimmed from the roster including Cobb, Matthews, and Perry, even Ha Ha is a deserving candidate after his poor play and then throwing all the blame on the back ups. Jordy is the man but I am relieved he was cut. He had a great career with the Packers, but at the end of the day they gave him the opportunity to develop into an awesome player and have a great career while making tons of money. He is owed absolutely nothing.

  13. It’s a business, folks. He was well compensated, but his age, productivity, and salary cap numbers caught up to him. Removing emotion from such decisions and determining what is best for the future of the franchise is what GM’s are paid to do. Fans will understand these types of decisions if they see pro football teams as what they are — multi-billion dollar corporations, and football not as just a “game.” No player is ever more important than the team and the future.

  14. Goodness me. That’s a pretty disrespectful offer to make to
    one of your more successful core players. Let’s not forget, and
    it should be emphasized, he was under contract – on a very reasonable
    contract which both sides had previously agreed to.

    “Nelson was scheduled to earn $9.25 million ”

    They should have never even bothered to make an offer if they
    were going to low-ball him like that. Why insult the player like that.
    Why not just cut him. Dropping it down to almost vet minimum … for Jordy?
    Way to show your loyalty Cheeseheads!

    Did they escort him out of the building and forcibly take back
    his Packers gear too? Just wow!

  15. Haters will be haters – the Pack needed to do what other teams have done. I hope that Jordy gets another big pay day from another team – but just like James Jones he probably will be back and AR will be able to make things work for him. But he had simply slowed down too much to be eating up that much cap space.

  16. It sucks to lose a fan favorite but unfortunately it is part of the game. I would have cut Cobb. That guy can’t get open and if he wasn’t so tight with AR I think he would be gone.

  17. I am a huge fan of Jordy Nelson. He is and will always be an all time Packers great. Some people need to pump the breaks on Green Bay somehow disrespected him. Green Bay has a $20 mil cap this year,Jordy accounted for 12.5 of that, so all you fans that think he is being mistreated and you still want the Packers to be players in free agency? Guess what? You can’t have it both ways. Jordy is great, class act all the way around.He is 33, he’s been here 10 years so he has made a ton of money and his name will honored with the all time Packer Greats. This is still a business, he won a ring which is more than most, but it was one ring not 4-5 that he should have and even at his best which we saw was not enough, why because there was so many other glaring holes and I’m pretty excited to have a GM making changes.The philosophy needs some tweaking after 25 years and only 2 rings. Now that change is here we can’t let our passion get in way of the real part of business and that’s Dollars$$$. Personally I’d like to see Mathews next and Cobb take the same route, seems those guys are not living up to their potential.

  18. They say it’s better to let a guy go a year too early then a year too late. I’m sure Jordy can play well a few more years but is he worth almost $10 million with a over 12 million cap number?

    Yeah they lowballed him but then set him free before all the money is gone in FA and at a time when he’s maybe the top WR available that hasn’t agreed to terms with another team. He wasn’t due any bonuses so they could have cut him anytime up to just before week 1.

    Plus, now he can take this year’s base salary $9.25 million as his one time termination pay because he won’t get that much from his next team in any one year. So anyone feeling sorry for Jordy, or calling the Packers classless are fools.

  19. stellarperformance says:

    Too bad Jordy (and his agent) didn’t take the AJ Hawk route, which was to unashamedly recognize his limitations and accept a lessened contract reflective of same and identify and accept his new role.
    #######

    Even you can’t believe that load of….

    You truly feel that Jordie is only worth league minimum?

    With Rodgers, Jordie had 6 TD’s in 5 complete games. It’s not Jordie’s fault that the QB impersonator that the Packers replaced Rodgers with couldn’t find Jordie on the field.

    As to Hawk…

    In March 2013, Hawk restructured his contract, reducing his 2013 salary from $5.45 million to $3.6 million. His 2014 salary was reduced by $2.5 million and his 2015 salary was reduced by nearly $3 million. All told, the total value of the remaining three years on Hawk’s deal is reduced by about $7 million ($17.85 million to $10.6 million), providing the Packers with more cap space.

    Ultimately, the Packers released Hawk in 2015, not even honoring the renegotiated contract.

    The two situations are like apples and oranges. It was less than a $2 mil cut for Hawk vs. a $9 mil cut for Jordie.

  20. From what I hear from former GB players is no one really wants to go there
    and no one can hardly wait to get out of there.

  21. cabosan1978 says:

    Wow…easy Vikings guys!! And remember…u let your qb who just saved your season walk for capn kirk. Loyalty??

    The Vikings honored 100% of their contract with Case Keenum. Let me repeat that – 100%!!!

    Meanwhile, to the east, the Packers cut a player who had been with them for a decade, after insulting him by asking him to take a 90% pay cut.

    LOYALTY???

    You just walked into a gun fight with a letter opener.

  22. He became injury prone, lost a couple steps, and was taking up way too much cap space. The best thing for him is to let him test his market and see if he wants to come back.

  23. gtodriver says:
    March 14, 2018 at 7:10 am

    Even you can’t believe that load of….

    You truly feel that Jordie is only worth league minimum?

    With Rodgers, Jordie had 6 TD’s in 5 complete games. It’s not Jordie’s fault that the QB impersonator that the Packers replaced Rodgers with couldn’t find Jordie on the field.

    As to Hawk…

    In March 2013, Hawk restructured his contract, reducing his 2013 salary from $5.45 million to $3.6 million. His 2014 salary was reduced by $2.5 million and his 2015 salary was reduced by nearly $3 million. All told, the total value of the remaining three years on Hawk’s deal is reduced by about $7 million ($17.85 million to $10.6 million), providing the Packers with more cap space.

    Ultimately, the Packers released Hawk in 2015, not even honoring the renegotiated contract.

    The two situations are like apples and oranges. It was less than a $2 mil cut for Hawk vs. a $9 mil cut for Jordie.

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    Easy purple bitters,

    I believe, like it or not, this was actually a classy way to do it. If he felt he was worth money now he can explore his options. Even NFL Network this morning talked about he was not the same even when Rodgers was here.

    Now he can take a look at his options, he might find coming back for 2-3 mil a year will be the best situation for him. His rapport with Rodgers at this point is probably his biggest asset, not his declining physical skills.

    Now feel free to come back and justify quite possibly the greatest fleecing the NFL has ever seen. Kurt Cousins for 84 million guaranteed! Even Drew Brees didn’t want the guaranteed paycheck to come to Minnesota.

    As you Purple bitters so love to say,

    Welcome to salary cap hell.

  24. The Pack has cap room and there certainly was an opportunity for both sides to find middle ground – if both sides do desired. I suspect Jordy’s agent has gauged the market, which is much higher than the vet minimum – hence the reason his agent leaked this story.. Maybe the Pack just wanted to go younger, cause they certainly could have kept him if they tried.

  25. How much is a 33 yr old WR worth who put up 53 rec and 482 yds the prior year and blew his knee out 3 seasons ago? Is he worth $235,000 per catch??

    For the Packers he’s worth a vet minimum deal since they have two other highly paid WRs already.

    Great career in GB. Great player, but he’s at the end as last season proved. He can’t run anymore.

  26. If he was Richard Sherman he would go sign with Minnesota and start yapping about how badly managed Green Bay is.
    =====

    Sounds more like Greg Jennings to me…

  27. The Packers did what they thought was right for the organization. who will suffer more,the Packers without a 33 year old slowed down reciever or Nelson who wont be catching passes from his buddy Rodgers but another quarterback(we saw how that turned out last season didnt we)as a wise GM once said,its better to get rid of a player a year too early than it is a year too late and judging on last season this release is a year too late in coming.

  28. andrwken says:

    I believe, like it or not, this was actually a classy way to do it. If he felt he was worth money now he can explore his options. Even NFL Network this morning talked about he was not the same even when Rodgers was here.

    Now he can take a look at his options, he might find coming back for 2-3 mil a year will be the best situation for him.
    ####

    We can agree that Jordie was not the same with a QB imposter attempting to perform the duties of the position after Rodgers went down.

    But you don’t understand the cap very well.

    By releasing Nelson, the Packers took a $2.3 million cap hit. If they sign Jordie tomorrow for $3 million – his cap number for 2018 will be $5.3 million.

    The league minimum offer was an insult.

  29. Hey; Aaron
    Call Guety;
    And say…ok get back on the phone and get Jordy back, I’ll take a little less for one more year !

  30. The league minimum offer was an insult.
    _________________________

    The league minimum base salary would have come with performance-based incentives I am sure.

  31. askeddie11 says:
    March 14, 2018 at 7:44 am

    From what I hear from former GB players is no one really wants to go there
    and no one can hardly wait to get out of there.
    _________________

    And yet two “no ones” decided to go there just yesterday. Ask all your former GB player friends about that one.

  32. packertruth says:

    And yet two “no ones” decided to go there just yesterday. Ask all your former GB player friends about that one.
    ########

    They didn’t want to go to GB. They didn’t have any other offers.

    Wilkerson was released because he was a lazy malcontent.

    Graham had a lot of TD’s – only because he was the best option for the Seahawks when they got in close to the goal line (only 1 TD by a RB all season).

  33. Jordy should have taken the deal and then asked Rodgers for $$$ on the side. Perfect!

  34. The only people who should be taking a paycut for Green Bay is 1. Mark Murphy,for hanging on to Ted Thompson when he had John Dorsey wanting the job,and 2. Mike “Mcmuffin”Mcarthy,for hanging on to Dom Capers as his d coord for too long,for being a stubborn blockhead,and for being arrogant enough to think the Packers success was due to his creative mind instead of lucking out getting 2 Hall of Fame QBs. Those 3 guys single handily have destroyed anything that Bob Harlan rebuilt. The Packers are 1 more Aaron Rodgers injury away from being utterly 80s rotten again. They had so many chances to right the ship and their arrogance,stubbornness,or just plain stupidness pretty much wrecked that team. Good thing the North sucks,because after all that..they still have a chance..thanks to Rodgers…who should take the first plane outta dodge the second his contract is up.

  35. stellarperformance says:
    March 13, 2018 at 11:17 pm

    Too bad Jordy (and his agent) didn’t take the AJ Hawk route, which was to unashamedly recognize his limitations and accept a lessened contract reflective of same and identify and accept his new role.

    ================

    Yeah, that would have been much better than getting $15 million from another team a couple days later.

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