Nelson, who turns 34 on May 3 1, eventually became a free agent once the Raiders released him on March 14 after just 1 season with the team.
James Jones, his former Packers teammate, first recorded Nelson’s decision on NFL Network.
He’s stepping away from the game with over 8,500 yards. . .72+ TD’s and as a SB Champion! I’m pleased with him and happy for him and his loved ones!
Nelson, a second-round selection of the Packers in 2008, spent the first ten years of his career in Green Bay, where he grabbed 550 moves for 7,848 yards and 6 9 touchdowns. He ranks second in Packers franchise history in touchdown receptions, third in receptions and fifth in yards receiving.
He also Aaron Rodgers also support the franchise record for most touchdowns with a receiver-quarterback combination with 65. They broke the record, formerly maintained by Antonio Freeman and Brett Favre, during the 20-16 season.
Nelson’s breakout came in 2010, when the Packers won Super Bowl XLV. His best seasons came in 2014 and 2016, sandwiched to a lost year in 2015 when he tore his ACL in a pre season game. He caught 98 passes for 1,516 yard and 13 touchdowns in 2014 — his sole Pro Bowl season — and won the NFL’s comeback player of the year award once he set up 97 grabs, 1,257 yards and 14 touchdowns in 20-16.
The Packers cut him in March 2018 after they mightn’t come to an agreement on the cover cut from the $10.25 million he was scheduled to make in the final year 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 enjoy his own ultimate induction to the Packers Hall of Fame.”
Throughout the 2017 season, Nelson’s final year in Green Bay, he told ESPN that he believed he had another valid chance to return to a Super Bowl.
“I intend on playing just two to three years, so I think I have two to four chances,” he explained at the moment.
Last week in Oakland, he caught 63 passes for 739 yards and three touchdowns. The Raiders released him after they spent big at the wide receiver position by acquiring Antonio Brown in a transaction — after which restructuring his contract to give him additional income — and signing up Tyrell Williams to a four-year contract.
Late at the 2018 season, Nelson indicated that he intended to play 2019.
“It is not always the gamer’s decision, however yeah, that is the master plan,” he explained. “We’ve enjoyed our time out here so far, enjoyed being with the team and also starting the rebuilding process and also being a part of the, so yeah, I believe that is the strategy .”
ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez led to this record.