Why Green Bay Packers Were Smart to Extend Jordy Nelson

July 30, 2014   ·     ·   Jump to comments

It’s about time. Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Green Bay Packers extended top wide receiver Jordy Nelson for four years and $39 million, with $14.2 million guaranteed. Nelson is one of the league’s top wideouts and Aaron Rodgers’ favorite target—his extension is a brilliant move by Green Bay, and one that should give the team an advantage competitively and cap-wise for the next several years.
“One of the league’s top wideouts” does not mean top 15—Nelson is a top-seven wide receiver, if not top-five. Despite missing four games in 2012, Nelson has compiled 3,322 receiving yards, 30 receiving touchdowns and 16.4 yards per reception since 2011. He is also one of the league’s premier deep threats, as noted by John Buccigross of ESPN.
Advanced metrics also favor Nelson. Last season, he was eighth in the NFL with a 70.8 catch percentage, according to Pro Football Focus. The players in front of him either played ...

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