This is the time of year when stars entering the final year of their contract get asked about getting a new contract. One of those guys is Green Bay Packers No. 1 receiver Jordy Nelson.
Nelson is in the final year of the three-year, $12.6 million extension he signed in 2011. He’s made it clear he wants to stay in Green Bay and we fully expect the Packers to make that happen, but there’s nothing doing yet.
It sounds like that’s not a real big surprise to Jordy.
“If I were to walk and you’ve got Randall could possibly walk, now you’re down to all rookies besides (Jarrett Boykin),” Nelson said. “I think it’ll be different. I wouldn’t be surprised if stuff starts picking up soon now that the draft and everything’s done with. There’s a time frame they work off of, so I’ve been informed of that so we’ll just wait and see when it hits. Everyone knows, deals get done closer to training camp.”
Nelson says he’d like a new deal done as soon as possible.
The Packers are in a similar situation with Randall Cobb, who’s in the final year of his rookie deal. We expect there to be extension talks with Cobb as well, but so far the Packers haven’t started those talks.
Boykin is also entering the final year of his deal, but he’ll be a restricted free agent after the season, which gives the Packers the opportunity to match any offer.
As we’ve pointed out before, part of the reason the Packers drafted three receivers this year is because they have three veteran receivers with deals that are ending. That’s not to say they won’t re-sign all three of those guys, but anything can happen when money is involved (and you’ve got $30 million of your salary cap tied up in two guys).