Aaron Rodgers Writes Heartfelt Instagram Post After Packers Cut Jordy Nelson

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Then, the GM made waves by signing Jimmy Graham to give Aaron Rodgers, arguably the best tight end he has had in his career.

It's a good bet the Packers would have moved on from Nelson whether or not they pursued - and eventually came to an agreement with - Graham on Tuesday.

"We can not thank Jordy enough for all that he has given the Green Bay Packers and our community for the past 10 years", Packers GM Brian Gutekunst said.

"I'm told Jordy Nelson knew he was being released and that he was already targeting the Patriots as a potential suitor".

Green Bay added to its free-agency splash Tuesday by reaching an agreement with Wilkerson, the once-promising defensive end the Jets released February 28. The Packers signed Martellus Bennett last offseason, but the team released him midseason saying he failed to disclose a previous injury. And even though wide receiver wasn't a top need for the Rams to fill, the team may want to consider the possibility of bringing veteran Jordy Nelson on board for the 2018 season.

Nelson has been an integral piece of the Packers' offense since emerging as a starter in 2011. A favorite of quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Nelson is entering his 11th season and has four 1,000 receiving yard seasons.

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Nelson could also slide into the vacated role left behind by Danny Amendola in New England, considering NFL Network's Dan Hellie reported he is expected to sign with the Miami Dolphins.

By moving on from Nelson, the Packers save $10.2 million in salary cap space. "In fairness to him, we won't get into those kind of discussions".

Rodgers, like everyone else, had to see that Nelson wasn't himself late last season - and not all of that should be blamed on fill-in quarterback Brett Hundley's inaccuracy.

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.

Packers tight ends combined for two receiving touchdowns last season, tied for fewest in the NFL.

Davante Adams, who has emerged as the No. 1 receiver, signed a contract extension previous year.


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