Packers Wanted Jordy Nelson Back On Lesser Deal

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Jordy Nelson scores against Seattle

When the Green Bay Packers released receiver Jordy Nelson, they released a statement that pretty much suggested his time with the team was over.

Our first reaction to the news was maybe the Packers could re-sign Nelson at a lesser rate. After all, his contract, before it was terminated, was bloated compared to his production.

Apparently, the Packers broached that subject with Nelson and he balked.

This would suggest that Nelson is ready or willing to retire, as he as reportedly told teammates he’d think about if the Packers cut him.

But not so fast.

Both the Oakland Raiders and, no surprise, the New England Patriots are reportedly interested in Nelson. Bill Belichick will make Jordy Nelson the next Wes Welker. Won’t he?

Nelson, as many of us said, was destined to play the slot for the Packers at the end of his career. Instead, the Packers brain trust chose Randall Cobb to stay in that role. It essentially came down to Nelson and Cobb and the front office chose Cobb.

So here we are. Jordy Nelson will either retire and go back to the farm, or he’ll sign with another team and continue on. Frankly, the Patriots have been able to make more out of less. That’s not a bad choice. But we are going to expect the Raiders, with former Packers’ personnel exec Reggie McKenzie as GM, to make a nicer offer.

Frankly, you go and do what you need to do, Jordy.

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44 Comments on "Packers Wanted Jordy Nelson Back On Lesser Deal"

  1. TyKo Steamboat

    The Packers chose that Smurf, Cobb over Jordy Nelson?

    The Packers chose the guy that is 5.5 years younger. I still would have stuck with Nelson!

    • Deepsky

      The Packers had 3 receivers they were paying top 10 franchise receiver salary, yet none of them are top receivers.

      Adams is paid the fifth highest in league, but is 23rd ranked in yards. I honestly don’t believe he’s going to get much better.

      Nelson and Cobb were both paid like top 10 receivers, but Cobb was ranked the 56th best receiver by yards and Nelson the 88th best receiver by yards.

      A lot of this had to to with Hundley being a terrible quarterback, but none of these three guys are playing at the level the Packers are paying them.

      • Turbo

        Yet you fail to mention Adams lead the league in touchdowns.. nice cherry picking of stats.

        Also.. if you think nfl coaches and decision makers are stupid enough to cut people because hundley is trash.. then well… You aren’t very intelligent.

        Pretty sure they do more than watch the stat line when evaluating players… pretty sure they have footage of receivers route running and separation.

        Pretty sure like much of the team… Rodgers made Nelson look better than he was as Nelson essentially became a 2 trick pony… run across the middle and catch the ball as he is falling for 9 yards… rinse and repeat towards the sidelines. Rodgers threw him open.

        • PF4L

          Yet you failed to do some research before you clicked “post comment”. Who led the league? Please try again.

          Also…..have you watched Jordy Nelson….at all?

  2. Cheese

    They probably low balled the shit out of him while paying Graham, who is only one year younger and doesn’t have great stats, a fat contract. They’re also paying Cobb twice as much as what he’s worth, and Davante has gotten better but he’s never even had a 1,000 yard season. Slap in the face? The one guy that has actually lived up to his contract gets the boot. I’m so fucking sick of hearing about how Jordy is washed up because he had to deal with that dumpster fire Brett Hundley. Sure, he’s not as fast as he used to be, but he had six TD’s in five games before Gummo hit the field. The year before he won the comeback player of the year award and had 1,257 yards and 14 touchdowns. What the fuck has Cobb done to warrant his contract? If you want to bitch about age Jordy is five years older and he still puts up better numbers than Cobb. A last minute patch job of picking up James Jones for the veteran’s minimum puts up better numbers than Cobb.

    • PF4L

      If it turns out, that Gute told Nelson he’d keep him on if he accepts 2 or 3 million/year, Nelson should have punched him.

  3. PF4L

    How much of a pay cut did Ted take after getting his new made up job title?

    So Nelson out performs his contract basically his whole career, in steps Hundley so Nelson should take a huge pay cut?

    There were two players on this team actually earning their money and being a difference maker.
    Now we’re down to one.

  4. cz

    comes down to Adams is the star receiver now

    packers needed desperately a star TE

    last year they needed RBs and drafted 3, so that needed, luckily got filled.

    • PF4L

      So they’re all set huh?

      Adams is paid like a star anyway.

      Will Graham play like a star? If he’s going to replace a productive player, i’ll be watching closely. I’ll be waiting for Graham to lead the league in TD’s possibly. Top 3, top 5 Tight end?

      So the running game is fixed now? Why, because a couple guys had a few decent games? Didn’t Montgomery have a 5.9 yard average 2 seasons ago, involving a few decent games? That need-ed didn’t get filled by Montgomery.

      I’ll stop now, i don’t want to keep you from predicting your future pre-season MVP’s.

    • MJ

      Hopefully. Seeing Nelson there would make me throw up. They would become even more dangerous. I don’t want to imagine the type of mayhem he and Brady (and McDaniels scheming) would bring.

  5. PF4L

    Here’s an example of another sports writer, not having a fucking clue on what he’s writing about, from Dillion Reagan on Clutchpoints.com. Someone pays him for this?

    “After missing the entire 2016 season, the Kansas State product returned and struggled to replicate his previous success this year, especially when Rodgers became sidelined by his broken collarbone”.

  6. Sanquine camper

    Face it. Jordy can’t separate from anybody. He’s still a good possession receiver in the red zone but he was painful to watch last season. He looked like he had lead in his legs. In 2016 the Packer offense didn’t do shit with Jordy and AR until Cook came back and opened up the entire field so getting a good TE makes way more sense than keeping a slow possession receiver.

    • PF4L

      Newsflash..the offense wasn’t run for him to be involved downfield. So Cook made Nelson and Rodgers good? Gotchya. I’m glad Cook was there to help Nelson catch a league leading 14 TD’s…

      THANK YOU JARED!!

  7. Deepsky

    Was it Nelson or was it the fact that Hundley could not throw a pass longer than 15 yards down field? Adams will never be a star receiver along the likes of Nelson, Sharpe, Lofton or even Donald Driver.

    Frankly, I’m not loving how this change in GM is going so far. This is looking more like Murphy knee jerked a decision and all the brains in the organization went to Cleveland, which got the better of the deal on the Randall trade.

  8. KILLER

    Offering a 10 million guy not much more than the veteran minimum is not a legit attempt to keep him in the fold. It is really just an insult. And a bow out= “Gee, we wanted him back, we kindly offered him money, but HE did not WANT to be on OUR team. So it is ALL HIS fault.”

    It is just a technique tom lay the blame on the victim.

    I’m getting to know this here Gute from the Damarious Randall trade (bad trade, clumsily disguise by sliding around but not gaining any picks, feed disparaging comments about Randall to media lackeys) and now this travesty with Jordy. In this case familiarity with Gute DOES breed contempt.

    • Kato

      They were going to cut Randall you troglodyte. So instead of getting nothing, they got at least SOMETHING.

      • Yep. As soon as Randall was removed from the bench area (distraction) or left the bench area on his own (quit) Randall’s fate was determined as a Packer. The only question left was could the Packers get anything for Randall?

        • PF4L

          Was funny how people were speculating as to why Randall sat out the last couple of games. That’s a real head scratcher isn’t it lonely boy….lol

  9. Kato

    I am going to take a step back from my emotional response when I first heard this news and at least be willing to judge this move after next year. On the surface, I hate it. But I do believe this organization did learn from last year, and are reshaping their roster and philosophies for how they want to play football moving forward. I am sure there have been plenty of football discussions at 1265 the last two months between Gutekunst, McCarthy, Philbin, and Pettine of their visions for next season. I love Jordy, and he will forever be one of my favorite Packers. The team must feel he does not have much left in the tank and will probably go with a youth movement at the position and take at least one guy in the draft. I also think they feel confident in at least one guy on the current roster manning an outside spot. I also wonder if there will be a renewed focus/emphasis on attacking the middle of the field. Having Graham attacking the middle and seam may open up things for Cobb, at least that could be their theory. They also must not think much of Montgomery’s ability to stay healthy. Curious what Howard is thinking of these moves.

    I like the Wilkerson signing. One year prove it deal with incentives. Definitely a good, low risk, high reward signing. That defensive line could be GOOD next season.

    • PF4L

      Of course the team feels Nelson has nothing left, after 6 td’s in 5 games, he was done, career finished, even if Rodgers didn’t get hurt, i’m sure Jordy wouldn’t have caught another 10 td’s.

      Because he had nothing left to give. Had nothing to do with Hundley.

      That’s why they get paid millions, because they are smarter than us.

      • Kato

        Look man, we get it, we know you love Jordy. We all do. But they don’t make these decisions for no reason. Yeah, he scored 6 TDs in 5 games, but his yards per game with Rodgers playing were also down. I think he was on pace for something like 700 yards at the time? His yards per catch average has also gone down in his last three seasons. We will see what happens next year.

        • PF4L

          Ok, now here is the thing you are missing, read carefully.

          Cobb and Nelson got paid about the same. If you want to sit here and tell me Nelsons numbers were going down that’s fine, but then explain to me what you’d call Cobb’s numbers since 2014?

          In both players last full season with Rodgers, Nelson had 1,257 yards, 13 YPC, and 14 td’s. While Cobb had 610 yards, 10 YPC, 4 td’s.

          I don’t how you read it, but to me that looks like Cobb didn’t even have half of Nelsons production, for the same money.

          Cobb has had one good season, 2014, got paid…then what? Not much huh? So lets get rid of the guy who earns his money right?

          I don’t need to see what happens next year, to know what happened now. Jordy got fucked.

          Thank you for trying to understand.

          • Kato

            I agree that Cobb has not remotely lived up to his contract. That isn’t even debatable. I think for the Packers, this decision was made not taking into account past contributions, but which player had more upside this coming season. I am not saying they made the right decision, but I understand the thought process. I wouldn’t compare Graham’s numbers with Jordy, but rather Randall’s to make a judgement if they made the right decision, since they seemed determined to get Graham.

          • PF4L

            They signed Graham, fired Jordy, he needs to fill that production void, or it was a stupid move. Just like it is stupid to keep paying a declining player far more than he is worth simply because he’s 28.
            You say Cobb has more upside? Enlighten me. Can he play outside? And please don’t tell me he’s a nightmare for defenses in the backfield.

            I’m gonna keep a overpaying a guy that doesn’t earn his money, hasn’t in 3 years, because of, ah, ummm…..upside?

            Is Cobb gonna turn the clock back to 2014 Kato? He just fucking might…Know why?

            Its a contract year!!! Cobb needs to feed his family.

      • Kato

        Also, don’t forget James Jones scored a solid 8 TDs after he was cut from Oakland in the 2015 season. Aaron Rodgers has a way of making other people look better

        • PF4L

          lol..well, if that’s the case, Cobb isn’t even as good as his last 3 seasons after he got paid.

          Yea, i remember, that’s the season, Cobb got paid 15 million and scored 6 td’s.

          The same season Jones was the #1 receiver with 8 td’s for $870,000.

          Thanks for making my case.

          You got anything else?

  10. MM²SUCK

    The most likely reason that Nelson is gone and Cobb has stayed is that fucking Buffoon likes Cobb more. This must be the reason, there cannot be any other. Even if you factor in age difference the numbers do not match up. Nelson wins out every time that Rodgers is the QB.

    • PF4L

      You might be right MM.

      I know two factors that don’t explain why they decided to keep Cobb.

      A decision based on value and/or productivity.

      I heard he’s getting paid because of his upside though, so he’s got that going for him.

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