UPDATE: Jordy Nelson is finalizing a deal with the Raiders, according to Adam Schefter.
Jordy Nelson suddenly finds himself on the open market. And the now-former Packers receiver apparently has a good idea of where he’d like to go next.
According to Jordan Schultz of Yahoo! Sports via Twitter on Tuesday, the Patriots are among a group of teams expected to “make a push” to sign Nelson as a free agent. Schultz later added that Nelson already knew the Packers were releasing him and “was already targeting the Patriots as a potential suitor.”
The question is how big the “push” would be from the Pats to sign Nelson. Especially since they reportedly have competition in the Raiders, Seahawks, Ravens, and 49ers. Any of those teams could offer Nelson a bigger role than he’d have on the Patriots, and probably more guaranteed money as well. The Pats have bigger needs to fill, anyway – even on offense.
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However, the Pats remain the best option for Nelson out of those teams if he wants the best chance to play in the Super Bowl next season. Nelson, who turns 33 on May 31, emerged as one of the NFL’s most dangerous wideouts with Aaron Rodgers throwing him the ball.
With Tom Brady throwing to him? Even coming off a torn ACL, Nelson should still be a good fit and potentially very productive player in the Patriots’ system.
The issue with Nelson coming to New England, however, is that Patriots’ still-deep receiver depth chart. Danny Amendola is gone to the Dolphins, but they still have Julian Edelman, Brandin Cooks, and Chris Hogan penciled in as the likely top-3 at the position. One of the only ways for a Nelson signing to make sense is for the Pats to trade Cooks and essentially make the swap at that spot. But with Bill Belichick, you just never know.
If the Patriots can convince Nelson to sign on short money, he’d be a low-risk addition with the potential for massive rewards.
— By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
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