“we would like to congratulate Jordy on an extraordinary career that included achievements that will bring about his eventual induction at the Packers Hall of Fame,” said Packers GM Brian Gutekunst. “He is one of the greatest receivers in franchise history and played a very important role within the team’s success with not his play on the industry but also for what he provided since a excellent teammate and pioneer. We WISh the very best to Jordy, his wife, Emily, and the remainder of their loved ones.”
Nelson, who turns 34 on May 31, became a free agent once the Raiders released him on March 14 after only 1 season with the team.
James Jones, his former Packers team mate, first reported Nelson’s decision.
🚨After more than a decade in the NFL, my brother, former #Packers#Raiders WR @JordyRNelson is calling it a career. He is stepping off from the match with over 8,500 yards. . .72+ TD’s so when a SB Champion! I am pleased with him and happy for him and his loved ones!
The prior second-round pick of the Packers spent the first 10 seasons of his career from Green Bay, where he grabbed 550 moves for 7,848 metres and 69 touchdowns. He ranks second alltime in Packers business history from touchdown receptions, third in receptions and fifth in yards receiving.
He also Aaron Rodgers additionally contain the franchise record for most touchdowns by a receiver-quarterback combination with 65. They broke the record, formerly held by Antonio Freeman and Brett Favre, during the 20-16 season.
Nelson’s breakout arrived in 2010, when the Packers won Super Bowl XLV. Nelson grabbed nine passes for 140 yards and a touchdown in the triumph over the Steelers. His best seasons came in 2014 and 2016, sandwiched around a lost season in 2015 when he tore his ACL in a preseason match. He caught 98 passes for 1,516 yard and 13 touchdowns in 2014 — his only Pro Bowl season and won the NFL’s comeback player of the year award after he put up 9-7 catches, 1,257 yards and 14 touchdowns in 20-16.
The Packers cut him in March 2018 once they mightn’t come to an agreement on a cover cut out of the $10.25 million he had been scheduled to make in the final season of an four-year, $39 million contract. At the moment, Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst said Nelson”will stay part of the Packers family and we look forward to his eventual induction into the Packers Hall of Fame.”
Throughout the 20 17 season, Nelson’s final season in Green Bay, he told ESPN he believed he’d another valid chance to return to a Super Bowl.
“I plan on playing just two to three more years, so I think I’ve got two to four more chances,” he said at the moment.
Last season in Oakland, he caught 63 passes for 739 yards and 3 touchdowns. The Raiders released him once they spent enormous at the wide receiver position by acquiring Antonio Brown in a commerce — after which restructuring his contract to give him additional cash — and signing Tyrell Williams to a four-year contract.
Late at the 2018 season, Nelson indicated he intended to play 2019.
“It’s not always the player’s decision, but yeah, that is the master plan,” he said. “We have enjoyed our time so far, enjoyed being with the team and also starting the rebuilding process and also eventually become a part of that, so yeah, I believe that is the plan”
ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez contributed to this report.