Free agent Jordy Nelson to visit Oakland Raiders after release by Green Bay Packers
Last Updated: 14/03/18 11:50am
Jordy Nelson plans to visit the Oakland Raiders after being informed of his release by the Green Bay Packers.
Nelson will be familiar with the West Coast-based system Jon Gruden plans to employ in Oakland and would not need to learn a new position. Edgar Bennett, offensive coordinator with the Packers last season, is now WR coach for the Raiders.
Nelson has been one of Aaron Rodgers' favourite targets for several years, catching 195 passes for 2,776 yards and 27 touchdowns from 2014-2016 despite missing the entire 2015 campaign with a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
However, Nelson struggled in 2017 as Rodgers missed significant time, finishing with 53 catches for 482 yards and six touchdowns.
He ranks third in team history in receptions (550) and second in touchdown catches (69).
"We cannot thank Jordy enough for all that he has given the Green Bay Packers and our community for the past 10 years," general manager Brian Gutekunst said in a statement.
"He has been an exemplary professional and teammate and greatly contributed to our success. Jordy will always be a member of the Packers family and we look forward to his eventual induction into the Packers Hall of Fame. We wish Jordy, his wife Emily, and the rest of their family all the best."
Nelson, who turns 33 in May, intends to continue his playing career, according to an ESPN report.
Nelson's strong work ethic was lauded by team-mates past and present on his way out of Green Bay, with Rodgers leading the plaudits.
Hard to find the right words today to express what 87 means to me. No teammate exemplified what it means to be a packer quite like him. From living in GB full time, his incredible contributions to the city, state, and region, to his consistent, reliable play on the field. Definitely a sad day and the toughest part of this business. There will never be another quite like white lightning. #leader #brother #friend #baller #loyal #champion #legacy #intact #stillcanplayball #backshoulder #1stSBTD
87- It has been a pleasure to line up next to you! You showed a 20 yr kid what it meant to be a pro. I can't thank you enough for what you have meant to my career! More importantly... Jordy, Thank you for being an example of what a good man, husband, & father looks like. I value the friendship that we created over the years! Thank you for standing by my side on one of the biggest days of my life! We're family and always will be! #EndOfAnEra #187 #🐐