The Green Bay Packers released Jordy Nelson on Wednesday, the latest in a line of seismic shifts this offseason for one of the NFL’s more stable organizations.
Nelson, who turns 33 in May, managed a career-low 9.1 yards per catch in 2017, when he struggled to click with backup Brett Hundley after winning the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year and leading the league in receiving touchdowns in 2016.
Nelson might never again be the downfield demon he was en route to ranking fifth in franchise history in receiving yards, but after finishing second all time in receiving touchdowns in green and gold, he figures to have plenty of red zone and intermediate value to appeal to a WR-needy contender.
Here are our five favorite landing spots for Nelson:
5. Kansas City Chiefs
Are they the most natural fit? No. Does Nelson’s family live two hours west of Arrowhead and rabidly root for the Chiefs? Absolutely.
Sure, the Chiefs already splurged at the position on Sammy Watkins. But a player like Nelson to take pressure off the former No. 4 overall pick, never mind mentor immature Travis Kelce and volatile Tyreek Hill, could be invaluable. Kansas City would have to get creative with its cap, and its easy to say bigger needs exist on ‘D,’ but this is an interesting scenario.
Pat Mahomes, like another AFC West quarterback lower on this list, surely could use a big-bodied slot to patrol the intermediate part of the field and always be where he’s expected. Who knows, returning home might even compel Nelson to take the hometown discount it likely would require to get this thing done.
4. New England Patriots
It’s unclear whether there’s mutual interest between the two parties, but a Yahoo! report Tuesday indicates Nelson has his eyes on going from Aaron Rodgers to the GOAT (smart guy). New England just lost its No. 2 slot WR Danny Amendola and it’s uncertain how much of Julian Edelman’s stop-start suddenness will return and how soon after his ACL tear last preseason.
Obviously Bill Belichick has a history of plucking guys from the scrap heap and helping them start a new successful chapter. There’s only one, maybe two quarterbacks who might be able to establish a rapport with Nelson that can even somewhat compare to Rodgers’, and it starts with Brady.
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