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Reports: Jordy Nelson finalizing deal with Raiders, Michael Crabtree cut likely to follow

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Since the moment the Packers released wide receiver Jordy Nelson, the Raiders have put on the full court press to get him. He immediately set off for Oakland and has been there ever since.

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.

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.

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.