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Wednesday, 14th March @ 08:59

Luke Kuechly
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Aaron Rodgers is losing his most prolific receiver but might be getting an upgrade at tight end.

The Green Bay Packers released veteran Jordy Nelson, the third-leading receiver in franchise history and one of Rodgers' top targets.

The Packers announced the move Tuesday, a day before teams can begin to sign free agents.

Nelson had 550 receptions and 69 touchdown catches in 10 seasons in Green Bay. But his production declined last season with Rodgers sidelined much of the year by a collarbone injury.

First-year general manager Brian Gutekunst called Nelson ''one of the great Packers who played here. He's everything you want a pro to be - and he'll be missed.

we thought this was in our best interest. The best interest for our team moving forward.'',''I think Jordy is a really good player, and you certainly don't want to let him walk out the door. But this is a big puzzle, and there's kind of limitations. You can't keep everybody. As we went through this

we won't get into those kind of discussions.'',Asked if the Packers offered Nelson the opportunity to come back in 2018 at a reduced salary, Gutekunst said, ''There were a lot of discussions that went on. In fairness to him

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In a post on his Instagram account,Womens T.Y. Hilton Jersey, reliable play on the field. Definitely a sad day and the toughest part of this business.'',Womens Leonard Fournette Jersey, Rodgers wrote that it was ''hard to find the right words today to express what '87' means to me. No teammate exemplified what it means to be a Packer quite like him. From living in (Green Bay) full time, his incredible contributions to the city, state, and region, to his consistent

but not before.'',Asked if he talked to Rodgers about the decision,Womens Andrew Luck Jersey, Gutekunst replied, ''Talked to Aaron afterward. Had a conversation with him afterward

rebounding from a knee injury that sidelined him the previous season.,Authentic Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Jersey,Nelson had 53 catches for 482 yards and six scores in 2017, a year after winning Comeback Player of the Year honors. He had 97 catches on 1,Authentic Aaron Rodgers Jersey,257 yards and a league-best 14 touchdowns in 2016

Rodgers and Nelson had a chemistry built over their time as two of the longest-tenured Packers.

Nelson's release figures to foreshadow more moves for the Packers,Womens Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Jersey, who could use an upgrade at tight end. Jimmy Graham is one of the top free agents available on the market.

The Packers have Lance Kendricks at tight end,Authentic T.Y. Hilton Jersey, but Richard Rodgers is due to become a free agent.

while Ty Montgomery might be used in more of a hybrid role after playing running back exclusively in an injury-plagued 2017 season.,Davante Adams, who has emerged as the No. 1 receiver,Authentic Leonard Fournette Jersey, signed a contract extension last year. Randall Cobb remains on the roster
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