The Green Bay Packers signed tight end Jimmy Graham, formerly of the Seattle Seahawks, to a 3-year contract, reports Adam Schefter of ESPN. The Packers have a huge hole at tight end last season after Martellus Bennett didn't work out.
The move should put the Packers at roughly $30 million in cap space, but that doesn't include the impending signing of tight end Jimmy Graham, which will become official when the new league year begins on Wednesday. The specifics of the contract have not been disclosed, and the move can not become official until Wednesday afternoon and the start of the new league year. The club also acquired QB Deshone Kizer from the Cleveland Browns in a trade last week. Shortly after the news broke of Graham's signing, Schefter reported that the Packers will be releasing wide receiver Jordy Nelson. He caught 57 passes for 520 yards with 10 touchdowns past year with the Seahawks.
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In his ten-year career he has 6,800 yards receiving and 69 touchdowns.
It's unclear whether the Packers approached Nelson about taking a pay cut to stay and he refused, or if they simply decided it was time to move on from him. All six of those TDs came before Rodgers' Oct. 15 injury. New general manager Brian Gutekunst settled on releasing Nelson, who will turn 33 in May and is coming off arguably his worst season in the NFL. "He's still a really good player in my eyes".