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Packers will release WR Jordy Nelson, per report

It’s a sad day in Green Bay, but one that most knew would come sooner rather than later.

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The ride is over for a fan favorite in Green Bay — at least for the time being. New general manager Brian Gutekunst has made the decision to release wide receiver Jordy Nelson.

This news comes from Adam Schefter, hot on the heels of the team’s reported agreement to sign tight end Jimmy Graham to a 3-year contract. Nelson was scheduled to have the third-highest salary cap hit of any Packers player in 2018 at just over $12.5 million. This move will open up about $10.2 million in cap space, some of which will undoubtedly go to Graham’s new contract.

There remains a possibility that Nelson may be willing to return to Green Bay on a cheaper deal, though no firm discussions have yet been reported. Rumor had it that Nelson was willing to take a pay cut, which suggests that he may be open to a return.

For now, the Packers will move ahead with Davante Adams as their top wideout. Randall Cobb’s status is not assured yet, as he carries a $12.7 million cap hit for 2018.