Nelson would have carried a $12.5 million cap hit for the upcoming season, as he still had one-year left on the four-year, $39 million deal he signed with Green Bay prior to the 2015 season.
NFL.com's Mike Garofolo reports the Packers have "reached out" to free agent Jimmy Graham. Clearly, in order to sign Graham - whose deal is for three years but can not become official until Wednesday, when the new league year begins - first-year general manager Brian Gutekunst knew he needed to create enough cap room to not only add Graham but improve the team's struggling defense.
Nelson would immediately slot in as Seattle's number two receiving option and would benefit tremendously from having Russell Wilson as his quarterback, as opposed to Brett Hundley who was his primary QB a year ago in Rodgers' absence.
While the Seahawks have certainly done more shedding of salary than they have spending, Nelson could represent an interesting addition for a team that lost two pass-catchers in a manner of hours in Graham and wide receiver Paul Richardson.
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The Packers are trying to bolster an offense that is beginning to show age on the outside. The Packers signed Martellus Bennett last offseason, but the team released him midseason saying he failed to disclose a previous injury. The 6-foot-7, 265-pound Graham would fit the bill.
One of the longtime targets of quarterback Aaron Rodgers is being let go by the Green Bay Packers. Releasing Nelson may not be a permanent move, however.
Over his eight year National Football League career, Graham has tallied 556 receptions for 6,800 yards and 69 touchdowns. "He's still a really good player in my eyes".