Seahawks losing TE Jimmy Graham to Packers

Seahawks losing TE Jimmy Graham to Packers

The Green Bay Packers will release wide receiver Jordy Nelson, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.

In Nelson, the Packers moved on from one of their all-time best receivers; he ranks third in team history in catches (550), fifth in receiving yards (7,848) and second in touchdowns (69).

Nelson, who recorded three straight seasons with at least 1,200 receiving yards from 2013-16, finished with just 53 catches for 482 yards and six touchdowns in 15 games. Jordy will always be a member of the Packers family and we look forward to his eventual induction into the Packers Hall of Fame.

The Packers are making big moves in free agency, reaching agreements with Jimmy Graham and Muhammad Wilkerson. It seems a little odd to go with Nelson over Crabtree, especially because Crabtree's stats point to him being more explosive in an offense that had a down year. Receiver Amari Cooper is hoping for a bounce-back year of his own and Nelson could show him some tricks of the trade.

In a post on his Instagram account, quarterback Aaron Rodgers wrote that it was "hard to find the right words today to express what "87" means to me". But his body control may have been better than anyone who has ever caught passes in Green Bay.

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While the Packers had been mentioned as a possible suitor for Graham, there had been a growing thought in the last day or so that he would return to his old home in New Orleans.

Nelson took over for Donald Driver in hosting the yearly charity softball game played at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium. His lack of production could've been a result of quarterback Aaron Rodgers missing the majority of the season. Graham caught 10 touchdowns in 2017, the most of any tight end in the NFL.

Graham was an unrestricted free agent.

This marks the third straight offseason in which the Packers have added an athletic veteran tight end in free agency, having signed Jared Cook in 2016 and Martellus Bennett a year ago. It could come in somewhere around $5 million per year. Graham was reported to have agreed to a three-year deal, though financial terms had not yet been revealed.