Raiders could cut Michael Crabtree if they sign Jordy Nelson

Jordy Nelson is moving on from Green Bay as the team makes room for Jimmy Graham

Cook was a gem of a signing but left as a free agent last March, while Bennett turned out to be a colossal mistake as teammates believed he quit on the team after quarterback Aaron Rodgers suffered a broken collarbone last October.

Asked if the Packers offered Nelson the opportunity to come back in 2018 at a reduced salary, Gutekunst said, "There were a lot of discussions that went on".

General manager Reggie McKenzie was also in Green Bay when the Packers drafted him.

Now official: Packers have released Jordy Nelson. He will be a big addition for Green Bay, though the team is also subtracting a key piece with the release of Nelson.

The loss of Nelson happened on the same day as news of the signing of TE Jimmy Graham to a three-year deal, as reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

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Nelson has been an integral piece of the Packers' offense since emerging as a starter in 2011. Nelson, 32, ranks near the top of the team's record books with 550 receptions (third), 7,848 receiving yards (fifth) and 69 touchdown catches (second). That earned him a four-year, $39 million contract extension in 2014 - a deal he ultimately couldn't live up to as age and injury eroded his impact on the game. He had a down year in 2017, catching just 6 touchdowns in the regular season and amassing only 482 yards as he fought through nagging injuries. "But at the end of the day, I think ultimately we just decided that where we're heading, this is the best decision for us - without getting into too many details".

The team declined to place a franchise tag on Graham that would have meant paying him more than $15 million in 2018 - he had made $10 million a season the last four years when he was the highest-paid tight end in the National Football League each year. But I am glad we don't have to see him sit on the bench like Donald Driver did in his a year ago, catching all of seven passes.

Nelson will be 33 years old when next season starts and he's coming off a down year, by all standards.

Crabtree led the team in catches last season with 58 (for 618 yards) and receiving touchdowns (8).

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