One of the best wide receivers in the NFL is also one of the least paid. Green Bay Packers wide out Jordy Nelson is set to make $2.55 million in 2014, which is straight up criminal. Everyone wants to talk about the outside free agents the Packers must acquire, but the reality is Nelson’s contract needs to be the first order of business.
Aaron Rodgers is a good enough quarterback to make any receiver look like a superstar. However, that doesn’t mean Green Bay can let Nelson continue without an extension. The man is an unbelievable talent who fans have almost taken for granted over the years. Nobody makes the acrobatic catches that he does and nobody is on the same page with Rodgers as he is. Every time Nelson makes a ridiculous catch on the sidelines fans cheer and discuss the probability of him hauling in the reception. The reality is we should be losing our minds over some of the grabs he’s made over the past three seasons.
I understand that Randall Cobb will also be a free agent in 2015, but Nelson needs to be the top priority for now. To lose him would be detrimental to the progress of the offense. Even though the defense needs all the help they can get, taking Rodgers’ weapons away is something that would set the Packers back quite a bit. Every great signal caller needs that one player who elevates all of the other playmakers around him. That’s exactly what Nelson does for Green Bay.
The 28-year-old has recorded 202 receptions, 30 touchdowns and 3,322 receiving yards over the past three seasons. Not to mention, he exploded in Super Bowl XLV with nine catches for 140 yards and a touchdown. Most importantly, he proved that he could handle the No. 1 receiver role without Greg Jennings in the mix as evidence of his career-high 85 receptions and 1,314 receiving yards in 2013. And that was without Rodgers under center for half of the season.
There’s just no way that someone who provides that kind of an impact can sit by and make $2.55 million in 2014. I fully expect the Packers to extend his contract as soon as possible in which he will make at least $10 million per season.