Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Packers Expected to Sign TE Jimmy Graham

Packers Expected to Sign TE Jimmy Graham

Nelson also wouldn't be expected to shoulder the load as a No. 1 receiver on either the Patriots or Raiders, which would create a number of situations where he would find himself facing single coverage.

Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst would not say whether that was an option before he released Nelson on Tuesday, although he indicated there were several scenarios that were discussed before the decision was reached. Cutting him frees up $10 million in cap space for the Packers.

Following the release of Jordy Nelson on Tuesday, the Packers quarterback shared a touching tribute on Instagram commemorating the wide receiver's 10 seasons in Green Bay.

The Green Bay Packers signed tight end Jimmy Graham, formerly of the Seattle Seahawks, to a 3-year contract, reports Adam Schefter of ESPN.

The 32-year-old Nelson has spent his entire ten-year career with the Packers.

Whether the addition of Graham will provide a significant boost to the Packers offense that was in dire need of tight end help remains to be seen. Nelson has had a strong run up north, with 550 catches going for more than 7,800 yards and 69 touchdowns throughout nine seasons in the Green and Gold.

Graham, 31, caught 57 passes for just 520 yards in 2017, but he racked up 10 touchdowns en route to his fifth career Pro Bowl selection. It could come in somewhere around $5 million per year. He headed up a receiving corps that included playmakers like Randall Cobb, Greg Jennings, Donald Driver, and Jermichael Finley as Green Bay stretched its postseason streak to eight seasons from 2009 to 2016.

Though free agency doesn't start until Thursday, teams are lining up deals with free agents and retooling their rosters this week in anticipation for the upcoming league year. Cooks is entering the final year of his contract, and Gronkowski has contemplated retirement. But I am glad we don't have to see him sit on the bench like Donald Driver did in his past year, catching all of seven passes. His best season might have been in 2014, when he caught 98 passes for 1,519 yards and 13 touchdowns.

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