The most prolific quarterback, wide receiver duo in Packers history is no more.
“These are tough days when you have to make releases of players who have meant so much to your organization and to your team,” Gutekunst said.
In Brian Gutekunst’s first major move as general manager, the Packers released Jordy Nelson and added Pro Bowl tight end Jimmy Graham.
“Jordy Nelson is one of the great Packers who have played here and he was such an excellent player on the field and excellent player in the locker room and obviously in the community as well,” Gutekunst said. “He’s everything you want a pro to be and he’ll be missed.”
It was a move Gutekunst deemed necessary in order to sign Graham and improve the team’s struggling defense. By cutting Nelson, the Packers saved over $10 million in salary-cap space.
“This is a big puzzle, you know there’s kind of limitations and you can’t keep everybody and as we went through this, we thought this was in our best interest, the best interest in our team moving forward,” Gutekunst said.
Gutekunst also said he talked to Aaron Rodgers after the deal was done, but did not mention whether or not Nelson was offered a paycut to stay on the team. The big question now is, could there could be a reunion between the Packers and Nelson in the future?
“I don’t think at this time,” Gutekunst said. “You never say never and I would like to keep that relationship as strong as possible, but at the same time, I wouldn’t say at this time.”
After winning the Nfl’s Comeback Player of the Year award following a torn acl in 2015, Nelson struggled to find the endzone after Aaron Rodgers was sidelined with a fractured right collarbone.
He’ll leave Green Bay having been in the top 5 in franchise history in receptions… receiving yards and touchdown catches… so how do the packers replace one of their all-time greats?
“Well I think we’re in the process of that,” Gutekunst said. “I think you know, free agency starts tomorrow. We’ll start looking at a number of options. He’s a good player and those shoes will be hard to fill. We’re going to work really to try and do that.”