If you think I’m here for some Jordy Nelson chatter, then you’re damn right.
For the most part the Green Bay Packers stood pat at wide receiver this offseason. They only opted to bring in one notable free agent in Devin Funchess and did not use a single draft pick on the position. Many thought surrounding quarterback Aaron Rodgers weapons this offseason would be a priority. Green Bay felt otherwise.
Nelson appeared on the Pat McAfee show and coaxed the former Pro Bowler into hinting at a possible comeback. Nelson playfully answered at the possibility but then quickly squashed the idea altogether.
Nelson told McAfee he is quite content with retirement with no plans of an NFL return. This is sad news for Packers fans worldwide who beloved the legendary receiver when he was with the Packers. After Nelson’s one year stint with the Oakland Raiders, many clamored for a reunion but nothing materialized.
In March, Nelson officially retired after 11 seasons. He later signed a one-year contract with Green Bay to retire as a Packer.
Almost a year later it’s hard not to get excited about Nelson rumors. Rodgers was always one of Nelson’s biggest fans as he served as his favorite target for five seasons.
Even at 34-years-old Nelson probably has enough left in the tank to churn out at least one more productive year. He appeared to keep his body right and Rodgers stated how he thought Nelson had something left. In 2018, Nelson caught 63 passes for 739 receiving yards and three touchdowns with the Raiders. All of these statistics would have ranked second compared to Green Bay’s receivers from the same year.
Currently, Rodgers is in the process of finding a consistent second option outside of Davante Adams. Adams, a renowned Pro-Bowler, is a star but at times a one-man act. Last year, the Packers turned to Marquez Valdes-Scantling and at times undrafted free agent Allen Lazard. Both are young and could one day prove to be solid options to compliment Adams, but time is of the essence for an aging QB such as Rodgers.
While many would say it is laughable to suggest a Nelson return, there are certainly worse ideas out there. It obviously won’t happen and Green Bay hopes a combination of Funchess, Valdes-Scantling, Lazard, and others is enough to get the job done.
___________________Brandon Carwile was a Cheesehead at birth. His dad grew up attending games at Lambeau and passed on the legacy. He has covered the Packers for over five years and currently works with packerstalk.com. Find him on twitter at @PackerScribe.