Former WR Nelson signs one-day deal, officially retires a Packer
04 August 2019 17:42
Former wide receiver Jordy Nelson officially retired from the NFL as a Packer on Sunday after signing a one-day contract with Green Bay.
Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst, who released Nelson shortly after the 2017 season after 10 years with the team, made the announcement.
Nelson will be in Green Bay for a news conference on Tuesday, the team announced.
The 34-year-old Nelson announced his retirement in April after one season with the Oakland Raiders. He caught 63 passes for 739 yards and three touchdowns in 2018.
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Nelson had 97 grabs for 1,257 yards and a league-high 14 scores in 2016 while coming off a torn ACL, but he posted just 53 catches for 482 yards in 2017, marking a career-low 9.1 yards per catch. In 10 career seasons, he has 613 catches for 8,587 yards and 72 touchdowns.
Teammates with Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers for a decade in Green Bay, Nelson caught 65 touchdown passes from Rodgers from 2008-17 plus five more scores in the postseason. He and Rodgers teamed to set the all-time franchise record for touchdowns by a quarterback and wide receiver in 2016, totaling 65. They broke the record previously held by Brett Favre and Antonio Freeman.
In Super Bowl XLV, Rodgers was the MVP and Nelson had nine receptions for 140 yards and a TD in a 31-25 win against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
—Field Level Media