NFL news this morning has been dominated by Aaron Rodgers’s unhappiness that the Packers brass makes decisions that affect him without consulting him. One such move was the team cutting Jordy Nelson, who quickly joined his former offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach Edgar Bennett in Oakland.
Rodgers spoke today on the departure of his most reliable receiver.
Here’s Rodgers on the decision to move on from Nelson: pic.twitter.com/HBbo8aREzb— Aaron Nagler (@AaronNagler) April 17, 2018
In each of their past four full seasons together in Green Bay, Jordy Nelson has been Aaron Rodgers’s number one target, leading the team in receiving each season (2011, 13, 14, 16).
Last season Rodgers missed ten games with injury. He and Nelson showed their usual chemistry in their six games together, but with Brett Hundley in at quarterback, Nelson’s numbers took a nosedive. And with Nelson set to make $12.5 million, he became a cap casualty.
As Rodgers said in to the media today, he would have liked Nelson to finish his career with him in Green Bay. That may have taken a pay cut on Nelson’s part, which is what ended up happening anyway when he signed with the Raiders on a 2-year deal making $7.5 million per season. Rodgers is probably wondering why that couldn’t have happened in Green Bay.