Derek Carr met him at the airport and the two headed for Raiders HQ where the Raiders were prepared to keep him from continuing on to his other scheduled visits. He went to dinner with Raiders brass that night, which likely including Edgar Bennett, his former offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach for years in Green Bay.
Nelson is still in Oakland and from the sounds of it, that’s where he will remain as the team is said to be trying to finalize a deal to sign him, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Raiders trying to finalize deal today for former Packers’ WR Jordy Nelson, who still is in Oakland, sources tell ESPN. “This is going to get done,” one source said of the talks. Nelson on his way to becoming a Raider.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 15, 2018
Once the deal is complete, the team it is said to be “in their plans” to cut Michael Crabtree, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
If the #Raiders finalize a deal with WR Jordy Nelson, they are likely to release WR Michael Crabtree, who has a $7.7M cap hit. That is in their plans.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 15, 2018
The idea of attempting to trade Crabtree instead of releasing him has been floating around and that makes a great deal of sense. It would have made even more sense had they thought of it before it was known they would release him anyway, but it still is possible now when you consider any team that acquires him would get him for a lot cheaper than he’s sure to command on the open market.