Aaron Rodgers 'Likes' Tweet Praising Jordy Nelson, Discounting Jimmy Graham

Dec 17 2017 Charlotte NC USA Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson with quarterback Aaron Rodgers in the second quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

The deal, reportedly for three years, makes up for the loss of longtime wide receiver Jordy Nelson, whom it was announced Green Bay was releasing nearly immediately after the Graham news broke. His lack of production could've been a result of quarterback Aaron Rodgers missing the majority of the season.

Graham is best known for his time with the New Orleans Saints, but spent the last three seasons with the Seattle Seahawks. Prior to that, he was a member of the Saints.

Packers will be most grateful for his performance in Super Bowl XLV against the Pittsburgh Steelers, in which he tallied 140 yards and a touchdown to help the Packers bring the Vince Lomardi Trophy back home. They finished 23rd in points past year as quarterback Derek Carr played through injury and the offense never clicked.

But new GM Brian Gutekunst may not harbor the same belief. Anybody who has watched the Packers knows that Rodgers and Nelson had a pretty special bond. Graham caught just 57 passes for 520 yards (9.1-yard average) last season with the Seahawks but did have 10 touchdown receptions.

Nelson, 32, was set to count more than $12.5 million against the cap in 2018, the final year of his contract.

Rodgers then posted a tribute to Nelson on Instagram.

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Nelson was a favorite target of Aaron Rodgers, but he appeared to lose a step in 2017, turning in a disappointing season in which he caught 53 balls for 482 yards and six touchdowns.

Nelson, a 2014 Pro Bowler, was the 2016 NFL Comeback Player of the year after a broken leg which ended his 2015 campaign before it began, an injury in the 2015 preseason against Pittsburgh.

"I've seen enough insane things in this locker room that I don't ever assume anything", Nelson said. The Nelsons have spoken about their adoption of two children. New Raiders wide receivers coach Edgar Bennett served in the same position for Green Bay from 2011-14 before his promotion to offensive coordinator from 2015-17.

Nelson made a base salary of $8.25 million last season with the Packers, per overthecap.com, but could command less coming off a less productive season.

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