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Nov 1, 2018; Santa Clara, CA: Oakland Raiders wide receiver Jordy Nelson carries the ball against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

Nov 1, 2018; Santa Clara, CA: Oakland Raiders wide receiver Jordy Nelson carries the ball against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

Receiver Jordy Nelson is a free agent after the Raiders cut him loose last week amid their additions of Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams. Could the Patriots be the veteran wideout’s next destination?

A new report from Adam Schefter indicates that Bill Belichick at least has Nelson on his radar. Schefter reports that the free agent is visiting the Seattle Seahawks on Tuesday, adding that he’s a favorite of GM John Schneider and the Seahawks were interested last year too. The Patriots are among the teams Schefter says are also interested in Nelson, as are the Chiefs, Titans, and … the Raiders?

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 02: Jordy Nelson of the Oakland Raiders makes a catch against the Kansas City Chiefs during their NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

OAKLAND, CA – DECEMBER 02: Jordy Nelson of the Oakland Raiders makes a catch against the Kansas City Chiefs during their NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

The report sounds like there’s a chance the Seahawks don’t let Nelson leave without signing a deal. But it’s a positive sign for the receiver-needy Patriots that they’re apparently showing some level of interest in him. Nelson may be 34 years old and a step behind what he used to be, but he’d have a chance to be a great fit as an outside receiver to pair with Julian Edelman. He can still be reasonably productive (63 catches last season) and run the kinds of plays that Tom Brady likes with his perimeter targets.

It’s smart for the Patriots to at least take a look at Nelson as a possible addition. He could deliver some real value on an affordable deal that likely wouldn’t exceed 1-2 years. But the Seahawks appear to be in the lead for his services at this point. Stay tuned.

Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Follow him on Twitter @mattdolloff or email him at matthew.dolloff@bbgi.com.