'We can not thank Jordy enough:' Green Bay Packers release WR Jordy Nelson

Billboard in Milwaukee urges Packers to sign Jimmy Graham

He was a vital part of the Superbowl XLI, catching a touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2011.

The Green Bay Packers will release wide receiver Jordy Nelson, per ESPN's Adam Schefter. Although his yards per catch were a surprisingly low 9.1 (down from a career-best 14.2 in 2016), there's still a role for him to help patrol the middle of the field.

We're not used to seeing tweets fly fast and furious that describe the Packers as shoppers in the free agent market.

Brian Gutekunst said on his first day at the job that unlike his mentor who believed nearly exclusively in draft-and-develop, Gutekunst realizes he will need to dive in much more often in the free agency pool. By cutting Nelson, the Packers save more than $10 million in cap space.

To some surprise, he is instead signing with the Green Bay Packers, according to multiple reports Tuesday afternoon.

Fans told us that they are said to see beloved wide receiver and veteran Packers player Jordy Nelson let go, but some are hopeful for the franchise's future.

Graham was the highest-paid tight end in the league, and that likely won't change this season.

He has spent his entire 10-year career in Green Bay, but slowed down significantly last season and frees up the funds to bring in Graham when the window to sign free agents begins on Wednesday. However, Nelson struggled in 2017 as Rodgers missed significant time, finishing with 53 catches for 482 yards and six scores.

The team is also planning to sign tight end Jimmy Graham, according to Schefter.

The exact framework of the deal hasn't been released yet, but there was competition for Graham and he presumably got more than the $8 million per average that the Chicago Bears plan to give Trey Burton. But his production declined last season with Rodgers sidelined much of the year by a collarbone injury.

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