Packers sign Jimmy Graham

Lynette Rowe
March 14, 2018

Nelson bounced back well in 2016 after tearing his ACL the previous year and his past performance will likely give teams reason to think he can rebound again this season. Excluding passes thrown by Green Bay's atrocious backup QB Brett Hundley, Nelson caught over 80 percent of the passes thrown his way by QB Aaron Rodgers over the past two seasons.

Leaving a team he's spent his entire career playing for since joining the National Football League in 2008 has to be tough on someone like Nelson, but at least the wideout shouldn't have any trouble finding a new home.

Whereas Thompson was extreme in his aversion to throwing money at veterans on the open market, Gutekunst has vowed to take an "aggressive" approach to free agency.

In addition to Oakland and New England, the Baltimore Ravens, San Francisco 49ers, and Seattle Seahawks have also been mentioned as possible landing spots.

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The Packers have agreed to sign free agent tight end Jimmy Graham, according to multiple reports.

With Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb on the decline, Gutekunst is intrigued by the marquee names available at wide receiver. Graham would theoretically replace Martellus Bennett, who was released late last season. He scored 27 touchdowns between 2014 and '15 and accumulated a career-high 1,519 yards in '14. Nelson ranks third in team history in catches (550), fifth in receiving yards (7,848) and second in touchdowns (69). Schefter said that Nelson intends to play next season somewhere. It was the first time since 2012 (not including the 2015 season he missed) that he did not eclipse the 1,000-yard mark.

Teams can not officially sign players until Wednesday, March 14, but a big chunk of high profile free agents have already reached agreements with new teams.

Nelson played in 15 games, catching 53 passes-his lowest mark since 2012-and six touchdowns, his fewest since 2010.

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