Aaron Rodgers will be scanning the field for a very different receiving corps for the Green Bay Packers this fall. Though free agency doesn’t start until Thursday, teams are lining up deals with free agents and retooling their rosters this week in anticipation for the upcoming league year.
The Packers made a big splash in the receiving game on Tuesday, agreeing to terms with former Seattle Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham.
The deal was reported by Adam Schefter on Tuesday afternoon, and it later came with a very surprising follow-up: the Packers are releasing Jordy Nelson as well.
Nelson had a disappointing 2017 campaign, with his targets and receptions cut in half from the previous year. But the Packers cutting the 32-year-old wideout came as a shock to many in the NFL, as he’d been Green Bay’s best wideout and a favorite of Rodgers for the past four seasons.
Graham, meanwhile, is reportedly joining the Packers on a 3-year deal. The 31-year-old tight end should quickly become a big factor in the offense, as Rodgers will certainly be looking for new targets.
Ian Rapaport reported on Tuesday that the Packers might be interested in extending Randall Cobb, but it’s clear the team is switching a lot up in the passing game this offseason.