The Green Bay Packers’ front office will surely have something to say about this, but receiver Jordy Nelson says he wants to play two, possibly three more years.
Nelson told the Argus (South Dakota) Leader as much on Wednesday. Nelson will speak at the Argus Leader Sports Awards on May 16.
“Hopefully I can play a couple more years,” Nelson said. “I think three would be my max. In this business, it all depends on the team and what they want to do. I know I’m excited about playing next year, but I’m looking forward to going back to the farm, too. It’s a great way to raise a family.”
Let’s get to brass tacks.
Nelson had a down year in 2017 with Brett Hundley largely throwing the passes, while Aaron Rodgers nursed a broken collarbone.
Nelson caught just 53 passes for 482 yards and six touchdowns. All six touchdowns came with Rodgers on the field, before he suffered the injury. For whatever reason, Nelson wasn’t able to develop any chemistry with Hundley.
This came a year after he won comeback player of the year, while going for 97, 1,257 and 14.
Is Jordy done? That would be hard to say without seeing him with Rodgers again.
However, complicating the matter is Nelson is in the the final year of his contract. He’s going to account for a cap hit of more than $12 million. Releasing Nelson would save the Packers — who are in bad need of cap space — around $10 million.
We wouldn’t bet on that happening just yet. We know Nelson wants to finish his career in Green Bay and he may just agree to restructure to do it. The Packers could also extend Nelson’s contract by a year (or two), so he gets his two to three, and create some cap room.
Plenty of moving parts here. On one hand, the Packers would be dumb not to try to address some of these issues now (Randall Cobb is another). On the other, we doubt Jordy is going to go anywhere.
“Hopefully I can play a couple more years,” Nelson said. “I think three would be my max. In this business, it all depends on the team and what they want to do…”
That’s how Jordy Nelson says, “I’m willing to restructure my deal.”