5 Takeaways From Green Bay Packers Extending Jordy Nelson

5 Takeaways From Green Bay Packers Extending Jordy Nelson

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One day after mentioning a contract extension, Jordy Nelson and the Green Bay Packers struck a four-year, million deal to keep Jordy Nelson a Packer until 2018. Nelson has been one of the more underpaid and underrated wide receivers in the NFL, and now he is being paid like a top one. Ted Thompson worked his magic once again, and here are my five takeaways from the contract extension.

5. Jordy Nelson Is Finally Being Paid Like A Great Receiver

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5. Jordy Nelson Is Finally Being Paid Like A Great Receiver

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In 2011, Jordy Nelson signed a three-year, .6 million contract, making slightly over million per year. Now, Nelson will be making just under million per year, which puts him in line with the game's top receivers. If anyone deserves it, it's Nelson. In the last three seasons, he had 30 touchdowns to go along with 3,322 yards. Sure sounds like top-flight receiver to me.

4. Experience At Wide Receiver

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4. Experience At Wide Receiver

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Regardless of how talented Randall Cobb, Davante Adams and Jarrett Boykin may be, they don't have the same rapport that Jordy Nelson does with Aaron Rodgers. Green Bay has let Greg Jennings and James Jones leave in free agency in consecutive seasons in order to get younger, but by signing Nelson, they are showing the importance of a veteran presence among young wide receivers.

3. Green Bay Packers Are Willing To Spend On Their Own Players

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3. Green Bay Packers Are Willing To Spend On Their Own Players

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If you follow the Packers at all, you know that they don't often make splashes in the free agent market. They like to draft and develop players, and if they turn out to be stars, then they spend the money to keep them. That's what we are seeing here with Jordy Nelson.

2. It Keeps Aaron Rodgers Happy

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2. It Keeps Aaron Rodgers Happy

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Aaron Rodgers has let it be known that Jordy Nelson is probably his favorite receiver. They've been together for six years, and there is a real trust between the two. In the broad scheme of things, Green Bay wants to make Aaron Rodgers happy, and this deal is great for everyone involved.

1. Enough Cap Room To Extend Randall Cobb

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1. Enough Cap Room To Extend Randall Cobb

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Probably the best thing about this extension is that it didn't break the bank for the Packers. Randall Cobb is coming to the end of his rookie deal, and the Packers still have nearly million in cap room. Green Bay would like to keep this duo together for many years to come, so I wouldn't be shocked to see an extension before the season starts.


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