Packers to release wide receiver Jordy Nelson

Report Jimmy Graham expected to sign with Saints or Packers

At one point during his Tuesday evening news conference, Brian Gutekunst issued a subtle reminder that, technically, National Football League free agency hadn't even started yet.

On Tuesday, the Packers released the former second-team All-Pro wide receiver (according to the NFL Network) to clear salary-cap room.

Does this mean the Packers will dive into every free agent opportunity that comes their way, with deals like Kirk Cousins' $28 million/year guaranteed with the Vikings? Graham will likely approach $9 million per year, if not more. A favorite of quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Nelson is entering his 11th season and has four 1,000 receiving yard seasons. He was scheduled to count over a little over $12.5 million on the Packers' cap in 2018.

In fact, only one tight end in the Rodgers era has caught more than 60 passes in a season: Jermichael Finley in 2012.

Even if his overall skills are diminished, Nelson has the tools and size to remain an effective red-zone option for at least another season. But his body control may have been better than anyone who has ever caught passes in Green Bay.

Although there are no plans to bring Nelson back at the moment, Gutekunst believes Nelson will "contribute for someone next year" and didn't shut the door on a possible reunion somewhere down the line. The Packers signed Martellus Bennett last offseason, but the team released him midseason saying he failed to disclose a previous injury.

"This is a big puzzle, and there's limitations", Gutekunst said of the big-money contracts being handed out and the decision to release Nelson after 10 years in Green Bay. "We wish Jordy, his wife Emily, and the rest of their family all the best".

Here are three teams I'd keep an eye on regarding Nelson in free agency, who shouldn't have to wait long. That earned the reliable veteran 2016 NFL Comeback Player of the Year honors.

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