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NFC Rumors: Jordy Nelson, Bears, Packers, Vikings

Jordy Nelson

  • Jordan Schultz reports that Jordy Nelson is already generating interest from the Patriots, Raiders, Ravens, Seahawks and 49ers.
  • Schultz adds that he wouldn’t be surprised if the Cowboys and Eagles made a run at Nelson either.
  • Nelson reported knew he was being released and that he was already targeting the Patriots as a potential landing spot, according to Schultz.
  • According to Evan Massey, the Seahawks and Ravens appear to be the most aggressive teams in pursuit of Nelson. Massey adds that the 49ers have expressed “strong interest” as well.



  • Packers GM Brian Gutekunst said of the decision to release veteran WR Jordy Nelson: “You certainly don’t want to let [good players] walk out of here, but this is a big puzzle. There are limitations, and you can’t keep everyone. He’s a good player, and those shoes will be hard to fil, but we’re going to work really hard to do that.” (Rob Demovsky)
  • Regarding whether he saw a decline in Nelson following the torn ACL, Gutekunst said: “I think it’s only natural as players get older, you see some physical decline. But I think Jordy is a very good player. He’ll contribute for somebody next year.” (Ryan Wood)
  • According to Gutekunst, the Packers have not heard a decision regarding their appeal over they lost the Martellus Bennett grievance. (Rob Demovsky)
  • Gutekunst would not say whether Nelson was given the opportunity to take a pay cut before he was released on Tuesday, but he added that he doesn’t expect the Packers to sign Nelson for less money. (Ryan Wood)
  • Jason Wilde reports that the Packers did offer Nelson the opportunity to come back at a significantly lower salary, but it wasn’t much more than the 10-year veteran minimum.
  • Gutekunst said it isn’t “imperative” for them to sign a free agent cornerback, but it’s something the Packers are focused on as free agency opens on Wednesday. (Ryan Wood)
  • Tom Silverstein reports that the Packers were never in the running to sign CB Trumaine Johnson and that his contract figure was “way beyond their means.”
  • Ian Rapoport reports that the Packers approached veteran WR Randall Cobb about a possible contract extension but they’re keeping his contract as is for now.
  • The Packers have tendered exclusive rights free agent OL Adam Pankey a contract. (Rob Demovsky)


  • According to Darren Wolfson, the Vikings have free agent CB Ross Cockrell on their radar, but the Giants would still like to re-sign him.
  • According to Chris Tomasson, the Vikings have shown “preliminary interest” in Buccaneers’ free-agent G Kevin Pamphile. However, Tomasson writes that team “definitely” wants to re-sign G Joe Berger and they are still figuring out their approach to free agency.
  • Tomasson reports that Vikings TE Blake Bell (shoulder) should be able to participate on a limited basis during spring practices.
  • Tomasson adds that it is “unclear” whether the team will look to sign another tight end through free agency.