By Tyler McMullen @Direct_Snap on July 25, 2014
Jordy Nelson has been the most consistent receiver the Green Bay Packers have had during the past four to five seasons, yet the team is a bit reluctant to reward Nelson for his consistency. Nelson has stated he would like million per season and while he is not likely to receive such a high amount, he may be onto something here.
Here are five reasons why Nelson deserves a new contract from Green Bay.
Sure, one could make the argument that WR Randall Cobb is the team's top receiver, but Nelson is a much more complete receiver than Cobb. Cobb works primarily out of the slot, but Nelson is used more as a perimeter receiver and has the red-zone body to snag the football from corners and safeties. Nelson is a much healthier player than Cobb and is a much more reliable option than Cobb.
Nelson and Rodgers are tied together similar to how Manning and Wayne/Harrison were tied together. It's highly unlikely that Rodgers would remain a happy camper if Nelson were allowed to walk via free agency and sign a deal elsewhere. Rodgers relies on Nelson quite heavily when the going gets tough and it just would not seem right after Rodgers has lost two of his other top receivers via free agency.
James Jones left via free agency to sign a deal with the Oakland Raiders this past offseason. And during the 2013 offseason Greg Jennings left via free agency to sign a deal with the Minnesota Vikings. After owning one of the league's deepest receiving corps, Green Bay's depth at receiver is quite concerning due to a lack of experience. Boykin and Adams possess talent, but it remains to be seen if they can fill Nelson's shoes.
Nelson is a human highlight reel and possesses some of the best awareness as a receiver in the entire league. The past few seasons we have seen teams pay receivers outrageous amounts of money to reel them in. Mike Wallace and Greg Jennings signed huge deals in 2013 and Eric Decker and James Jones signed hefty deals in 2014. Nelson wants million per season and while that may not be realistic, another team is bound to toss it his way.
Nelson put together a solid 2013 season collecting 85 receptions (career-high) on 126 targets (career-high) for 1,314 yards (career-high) and 8 touchdowns. He also picked up 60 first downs (career-high) and averaged 15.5 yards per reception -- the second highest total in his career. Nelson is slowly but surely becoming one of the NFL's top receivers and could make the leap in 2014. He certainly deserves a nice contraction extension.
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