James Jones Still Likes Jordy Nelson
Have we mentioned how we love James Jones? Yes, of course we have. Even though he didn’t get the middle of the stick the last time around, James Jones will always remain one of our favorite players. The Hoodie (since banned) says what’s on his mind and we appreciate that.
JJ was asked about the tenable wide receiver situation in Green Bay. The Packers could cut Jordy Nelson and/or Randall Cobb to pick up some salary-cap space. Both are in the final year of their deals.
Either could be released this offseason and the Packers would save around $10 million. There have been rumors that Nelson would be willing to restructure his deal. That appears to be the most logical option, considering the Packers have invested in Davante Adams and they can’t realistically pay three receivers at, more or around $10 million per season.
There are decisions to be made. Jones believes the Packers will restructure Nelson so he can retire as a member of the Packers. He also believes they will keep Cobb at his current salary.
“If I was the GM, knowing that Jordy probably only wants to play one more year, I sit Jordy down and I say, ‘Look, how can we restructure you? How can we get this done so you can come back? I want you, Davante and Randall on the field so we can make another run at the Super Bowl (now that) we get Aaron back.’ How can we work this out so it’s good for both parties and you can retire as a Green Bay Packer?’
“As for Randall, I’ve been in that offensive room with coach Mike (McCarthy) and him putting in the game plan. So I understand how valuable Randall is — to all of the packages. You can put him in the backfield, you can line him up in the slot, you can line him up outside, he can run the ball.
“I think Randall is too young to take a pay cut. Jordy? He’s old. Jordy’s on his way out. So you get one, two more good years out of Jordy, that’s good. … But I would definitely keep both of them.”
Jordy is old…
Jordy IS old in terms of receiver years. He will be 33 in May. We’ve spoke about it at length — Nelson would be better suited to wind down his career in the slot, which is also where Cobb plays, pretty much exclusively.
So you make the call.
The Packers need one, not both of these guys at this point. They are interchangeable. They sure as hell do not need — and cannot afford — both of them at their current salaries.
Barring an outright release of one of the two, Nelson at least has to take a pay cut. Then McCarthy just needs to figure out what to do with the overabundance of slot receivers he has.