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.
Tuesday night, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers released a statement on Instagram about Nelson's release. Prior to that, he was a member of the Saints. The duo hold the Packers' record for most touchdowns by a QB/WR duo with 65.
The 32-year-old Nelson has spent his entire ten-year career with the Packers.
Green Bay will save $10.2 million against its cap by cutting Nelson, who turns 33 in May and finishes his 10-year career with the Packers ranked second on their all-time receiving TD list (69), third in catches (550) and fifth in yards (7,848).
But new GM Brian Gutekunst may not harbor the same belief. Granted it's near impossible to put 10 years of experience into a lost season, but nothing even close to Nelson's past had emerged, and many wondered if Nelson was done.
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He did score six rushing touchdowns, but three of them came in a single game, against the Vikings in December. The New York Giants have signed former Panthers Running back Jonathan Stewart , according to Adam Schefter .
Nelson finished with just 53 catches for 482 yards and six touchdowns past year, but that's due in large part to the fact that Aaron Rodgers suffered a broken collarbone in Week 6 and missed most of the season thereafter. All six of those TDs came before Rodgers' Oct. 15 injury. "Had a conversation with him afterward, but not before".
Nelson, a 2014 Pro Bowler, was the 2016 NFL Comeback Player of the year after a broken leg which ended his 2015 campaign before it began, an injury in the 2015 preseason against Pittsburgh.
"I don't think at this time", Gutekunst said. He eclipsed the 1,200-yard mark in four seasons between 2011 and 2016 to help establish Green Bay as an offensive powerhouse.
Nelson took over for Donald Driver in hosting the yearly charity softball game played at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium.