Report: Jordy Nelson will visit Oakland Raiders on Wednesday
The Green Bay Packers surprised everyone when they not only made a couple big free agency moves, but when they released Jordy Nelson. As unlikely as his release was, it is even more unlikely he’ll be out of a job for long.
A move to Oakland would certainly be a good fit for Nelson. He and Raiders wide receivers coach Edgar Bennett worked well together back when Bennett was on staff in Green Bay. Nelson is pretty familiar with Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie as well. McKenzie was the director of player personnel and director of football operations for the Packers before becoming the general manager for the Raiders.
Nelson didn’t have a great season last year. But he and Brett Hundley, who struggled for much of the year, never seemed to be on the same page. That may drive down his asking price a little. But the Raiders need for a good, reliable receiver may override that.
Oakland’s top receiver last season wasn’t Amari Cooper or Michael Crabtree, but tight end Jared Cook. If the Raiders are going to get their money’s worth for Derek Carr, they are going to need better wide receivers.
Cooper will not go anywhere. But it wouldn’t be surprising if signing Nelson means the end of Crabtree’s time with the Raiders. Having a $7.7 million cap hit doesn’t help Crabtree’s case to stay with the team.