Raiders sign wide receiver Jordy Nelson, release Crabtree

Lynette Rowe
March 17, 2018

A day later, the Oakland Raiders signed Nelson to a two-year deal, and he's excited to join Carr and the team after getting to know the ex-Fresno State star on Wednesday.

Although Nelson wasn't looking to go to another NFC North team like so many other former Packers have, signing with the Raiders keeps him out of the conference altogether. After his release, he reportedly had a visit scheduled with the New Orleans Saints but first scheduled a visit with the Raiders. In an offense that, as a whole, dropped off after a gangbusters 2016 season, he posted 58 catches for 618 yards and eight scores.

On Thursday alone, aside from Nelson, the team inked running back Doug Martin, fullback Keith Smith, safety Marcus Gilchrist, linebacker Tahir Whitehead, and tight end Derek Carrier.

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Crabtree, 30, was released Thursday afternoon by the Oakland Raiders after they signed Jordy Nelson. Over his nine-year career with the San Francisco 49ers and Raiders, Crabtree has totaled 579 receptions for 6,870 with 51 touchdowns. "I need to get in and get going and make the most of it". The 32-year-old finished with 53 receptions for 482 yards and six touchdowns. He caught 57.4 percent of the 101 targets he got over the year, and he was tied for ninth in the National Football League with five drops. "I think it's a great fit to be with him for the next couple of years". I think I can do that.

Nelson had four 1,000-yard seasons in Green Bay, including 1,519 yards on 98 catches in 2014. "I can make plays". "I'm a pretty cheap guy". Nelson on his way to becoming a Raider.

The one road bump Nelson might encounter is what number to wear.

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