Packers to Sign Jimmy Graham, Release Jordy Nelson

Billboard in Milwaukee urges Packers to sign Jimmy Graham

Packers are releasing WR Jordy Nelson, per source.

"We can not thank Jordy enough for all that he has given the Green Bay Packers and our community for the past 10 years", Gutekunst said. "He has been an exemplary professional and teammate and greatly contributed to our success", Packers first-year general manager Brian Gutekunst said in a statement released by the team.

Green Bay will save $10.2 million against its cap by cutting Nelson, who turns 33 in May and finishes his 10-year career with the Packers at No. 2 on their all-time receiving TD list (69) and No. 5 in yards (7,848). He caught 57 passes for 520 yards with 10 touchdowns a year ago with the Seahawks.

Both the Packers and the New Orleans Saints were believed to be the top two candidates to sign Graham. The 2014 Pro Bowler and 2016 National Football League leader in receiving touchdowns developed an uncanny rapport with Aaron Rodgers, who never shied away from throwing Nelson open on the boundaries with their patented back-shoulder telepathy.

When Rodgers went down, it became clear that the Packers had some serious voids to fill in the offense. Nelson is the only player in team annals to record three seasons with 13-plus touchdown receptions (2011, 2014, 2016). His yards per catch was 9.1 in 2017 and he managed just 53 receptions and 483 yards in 15 games, which was much lower than previous years.

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