Packers released Jordy Nelson who has now signed a two-year $15 million deal with the Raiders. Out of this $15 million, $13 million is guaranteed. Nelson has so far spent 10 years of his career in Green Bay. In this span, he has a total of 550 receptions for 7,848 yards and 69 touchdowns.
He looked very promising in 2014 when he earned for himself an initiation to the Pro Bowl after catching 98 passes. He had these passes for a career-high of 1,519 yards and 13 touchdowns. Unfortunately, he missed all the action the following year after tearing his ACL in pre-season.
Then came 2016, when he earned himself NFL Comeback Player of the Year by catching 97 passes for 1,257 yards and 14 touchdowns.
His roller-coaster sports life was at its trough last year when the Packers played without Aaron Rodgers for the major part of the year. During the entire season, he had just 53 catches for 482 yards and six scores. During the last season, the Raiders came 16th in the league in passing yards. They released their leading receiver Michael Crabtree who had his worst season in 2017 in Oakland. He managed just 58 passes for 618 yards and eight touchdowns.
If we see statistically, then Nelson’s performance was even worse than Crabtree, but still the Raiders have put their faith in him and released Crabtree.
Nelson was in the final year of his four-year contract with the Packers. He was scheduled to make more than $10 million in salary and bonuses in the final year. But, the Packers released him to become a free agent.