The Hoodie keeps breaking news about his former teammates. James Jones, the former Green Bay Packers receiver, was the first to have details of Aaron Rodgers’ new contract extension last summer. Now he is breaking news about another old teammate, Jordy Nelson.
The Packers released Nelson last offseason due to a large scheduled salary cap hit in 2018. Like Jones did after leaving Green Bay a few seasons before, Nelson then signed a two-year contract with the Oakland Raiders, but only played there for one season before being released by his new team.
However, unlike Jones — who returned to the Packers in 2015 before calling it a career, Nelson is apparently hanging up his cleats. Here’s Jones breaking the news:
After more than a decade in the NFL, my brother, former #Packers & #Raiders WR @JordyRNelson is calling it a career. He’s stepping away from the game with more than 8,500 yards...72+ TD’s and as a SB Champion! I’m proud of him and happy for him and his family! #Ese’ #Respect— James Jones (@89JonesNTAF) March 27, 2019
Nelson did reportedly draw some interest in recent weeks from a few teams and even took a free agent visit to talk with the Seattle Seahawks. However, it seems that he is ready to move on to the next phase of his life and focus on family and his off-the-field pursuits.
We at Acme Packing Company thank Jordy for a stellar career, one which will undoubtedly land him in the Packers Hall of Fame in short order. Nelson caught 550 passes for 7,848 yards and 69 touchdowns in his ten-year Packers career. Those numbers put him fifth all-time in Packers history for yardage, third in receptions, and second to Don Hutson in receiving touchdowns. In addition, a 93-yard touchdown he caught in 2011 against the St. Louis Rams made him one of just nine Packers to ever have a play from scrimmage of 90 yards or more.
Congratulations, Jordy, and may your endeavors after football be even more successful than your career in Green Bay was.