Raiders will have Jordy Nelson back in 2019

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Receiver Jordy Nelson will return to the Raiders for the final season of the two-year, $14.2 million contract he signed in March. Raiders coach Jon Gruden confirmed that Friday, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

The Raiders paid 2019 roster bonuses to Nelson ($3.6 million), linebacker Tahir Whitehead ($3.325), linebacker Kyle Wilber ($500,000) and tight end Lee Smith ($1.1 million) this week, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

“Normally when you hand out a bonus for next year’s season, there’s a pretty good chance those guys are coming back,” Gruden said.

The payouts become prorated over 2018 and 2019, freeing up money for next season.

Nelson, 33, has 54 catches for 661 yards, including 29 catches for 308 yards in his past four games since returning to health from a knee injury.

“If you watch Jordy play carefully the last four weeks when he’s been healthy, you see what he’s capable of doing,” Gruden said. “And I think as we continue to improve this football team around some of the core guys that are here, I think you can even see better and better days ahead. So yeah, he’ll be back.”

Nelson will turn 34 in May. Larry Fitzgerald and Brandon Marshall have caught passes at 34 or older this season.

29 responses to “Raiders will have Jordy Nelson back in 2019

  1. With Nelson it goes way beyond production, the guy is a class act and a great leader and mentor for the young players.

  2. joetoronto says:
    December 28, 2018 at 7:23 pm
    With Nelson it goes way beyond production, the guy is a class act and a great leader and mentor for the young players.

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    Yeah why use a roster spot on a WR that can actually still run routes and catch passes. Let’s pay a guy who can’t and rationalize it as calling him a “leader”

  3. Continuity, it works !! Smart football players run off on the younger guys. But I guess there’s smarter guys in here that me and definitely smarter than the raiders coaches!!

  4. He’s not worth $7.2 mil anymore. He was invisible all year until the past 4 games. Another year older, another year slower, another year where his nagging injuries nag even more. Complete waste of cap space that could have went to you know who.

  5. Nelson was/is a downgrade from Crabtree, but I suppose that being a “Gruden Grinder” has it’s perks.

  6. For having major knee surgery, and being 33, jordy looked beast out there. He didnt give us a dropping passes, or effort problem all year. He was consistent, and we knew what we were going to get week in week out. Something we couldnt say about Crabtree or coop. Raiders will get a WR in the draft, and most likley in FA, to go with jordy, ateman, and seth. Loving it.

  7. Keep him to train up the new talent coming their way in the next draft. Tons of knowledge to pass on to the young bucks without paying a premium. Starting to think this Gruden guy may know what he’s doing. Not getting my hopes up just yet.

  8. The Packers let him go(even with the connection to Aaron Rodgers)because he couldn’t stay healthy and wasn’t getting open as often. JN had a nice year, but he’s another year older.

  9. milk was a bad choice says:
    December 28, 2018 at 7:50 pm

    “Josh Allen is a stud”

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    If you’re talking about the Josh Allen, Linebacker, University of Kentucky who the Raiders will draft with ONE of their first round picks, yes, he’s a stud. If you’re referring to the latest jills bust QB you’re delusional.

  10. harryhodag says:
    December 29, 2018 at 5:04 am
    The Packers let him go(even with the connection to Aaron Rodgers)because he couldn’t stay healthy and wasn’t getting open as often. JN had a nice year, but he’s another year older.
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    And yet Jordy has had more yards so far this season (661) than Jimmy Graham (615) who Packers brought in to replace Jordy. And Jordy has had higher %, YPC, more recs and TDs than Graham this year too.

  11. And yet Jordy has had more yards so far this season (661) than Jimmy Graham (615) who Packers brought in to replace Jordy…believe they play two entirely different positions, but that’s just me…

  12. streetyson says:

    And yet Jordy has had more yards so far this season (661) than Jimmy Graham (615) who Packers brought in to replace Jordy. And Jordy has had higher %, YPC, more recs and TDs than Graham this year too.

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    Davante Adams replaced Jordy Nelson as the Packers #1 WR. He only has 111 receptions, 1386 yards and a mere 13 touchdowns.

    Or if you prefer Geronimo Allison replaced the aging Nelson as GBs #2 WR. He started 4 games, had 20 catches 303yds, 2Tds then Marquez Valdes-Scantling, a 5th round draft pick, who had 35 rec, 538yds and 2 Tds.

    Combined they make under $1.1M/ per year, have upside and play special teams.

  13. Wow! Not much love for Jordy. I understand that there are tons of anti Raider fans, but seeing all the negative comments about Jordy from packer fans is just sad.

  14. What “negative comments” about Jordy from Packers fans?

    Seeing how you are one of the two Vikings trolls, I will now ignore yet another screen name. Big list of ignored names between you two.

    We love Jordy. We also believe it would not have been wise to pay him a new huge contract at his advanced age. He was offered a smaller contract by Green Bay and he decided to move on. Was the right move by the Packers not to pay him a huge sum at the end of his career.

  15. Guy has 600 yards and people act like he can’t play anymore smh. Nobody is saying he’ll turn back time but a veteran who can give you 500-600 yards and has great hands and size is still valuable.

  16. Haters gonna hate!

    Love that Lee Smith is coming back. Lets make sure Jared Cook is as well. Offense is pretty
    well set. Draft heavy on defense. We need it all – edge, line, backers, and secondary. With close to 80 million in cap space, and plenty of picks there is reason for optimism.

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