The Packers have released WR Jordy Nelson. The News caught many Packers fans off guard, and put a tear in their eyes. Jordy Nelson is one of the greatest Packers receivers of all time, quite possibly the best. Over the course of his career Nelson recorded 69 touchdowns, 7,848 receiving yards and 550 receptions. He was, ridiculously, only selected to one Pro Bowl appearance in 2014, when he was also named a Second-Team All-Pro. And of course, his biggest accomplishment was winning Super Bowl 45.

After being released from Green Bay Nelson was signed by the Oakland Raiders. This was music to the ears of Packers fans, as the alternatives seemed to be Seattle or New England. Nelson signed a two-year 15 million deal with 13 million guaranteed. Oakland is indeed an interesting change from the cold region of Green Bay, to the warmer sunny area of Oakland. Nelson went from a farm in Kansas, to the little town of Green Bay, now to the biggest city he’s ever lived in. I’m sure he’ll make the adjustment just fine, though.

The Raiders know what to expect in Jordy Nelson. They’ll be getting a humble, hardworking, beast of a player. Nelson will bring a calm presence to the locker room, and a leadership quality to the field, both of which the Raiders are in dire need of after their disappointing 2017 season. As a Packer fan, I find it impossible not to root for Nelson to flourish in Oakland and get back to doing what he did in Green Bay for so many years.

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The story moving forward will be what the Packers to do replace Nelson. They’ve already signed Jimmy Graham to replace the red-zone threat lost after releasing Nelson, but depth and a deep threat at wide receiver is still a need. It appears that the decision to release Nelson means the Packers want to get younger and faster at wide receiver, leading me to believe they will look to add through the draft rather than free agency. There is definitely no need to panic, however, as they still have an elite receiver in Davante Adams, and Randall Cobb, who has been misused over the past two years. Don’t forget Geronimo Allison, who has shown a lot of promise over the past couple years, and the many promising young guys on the roster, guys like Michael Clark who has a lot of potential and is also 6’6″ tall.

Regardless of how the Packers handle this situation, Rodgers will have plenty of talented receivers to throw to next season. For now let’s honor Jordy Nelson. Here’s a tribute video that I put together to remember the great #87.

Jordy was a legendary player here in Green Bay, and will always be known as “White Lighting”. We wish him nothing but the best with the Raiders and are deeply sad to see such a great player and person leave the organization. The Football business can be cold sometimes, but it is just that, a business. From every Packers fan around the world, we all just want to say thank you to Jordy Nelson. Thank you for putting everything on the line every game to win, to fight for the green and gold and the fans. Thank you.