4 Reasons Why A Jordy Nelson Reunion Shouldn’t Happen
On Thursday, the Oakland Raiders released former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson. The beloved fan favorite is a free agent yet again. This drew many reactions from the fans on social media, and people wanted him back with the Green Bay Packers. That would be the worst idea of all-time. Washed up retreads are not needed with the Packers as they’re trying to build a Super Bowl winner. Jordy does not help them to the Super Bowl. Let’s dive into the reasons why this is a bad idea.
1. Nelson lost a step – Here’s an obvious one, but Jordy isn’t the same player that he used to be for the Packers. He struggled the last two seasons, and it’s not quarterback-related. He cannot get separation from defenders and can only be a once-in-awhile Red Zone. Isn’t that Marcedes Lewis? Packers do not need another red zone-only target.
2. MVS, J’mon Moore, ESB – It would be a slap in the face to bring a player like Nelson to these young guys. Now, I have no problem adding a veteran receiver, but one that is still in his prime or just starting the twilight of his career. But bringing in a guy who will likely be doing a retirement tour feels pretty stupid to me when you have all of these young first-year guys. Why stun the growth of any three of these players by bringing in a player like Nelson.
3. Kumerow and Lazard – Packers might make a case that they do not need veteran help because besides the three guys they drafted last season, they have some talented undrafted rookies as well. Jake Kumerow became the Caucasian hero of Green Bay supplanting Nelson, and if Jordy returned that likely means Kumerow is released. Or a player like Lazard who has an amazing skill set that has yet to be unlocked.
4/ Why not bring Cobb back instead? – Here’s the honest truth… If you’re going to advocate to bring back Jordy, why wouldn’t you want Randall Cobb back instead? I’m not a huge proponent of this idea, but Cobb is only 28 years old, plays the slot, stayed healthy in 2018. All of those things are more attractive than Nelson at this point.
Aaron Rodgers would like his friend back. That’s human nature. We cannot expect him to be a robot about this situation. And if you make Rodgers happy, you’re catering to him when in reality, there needs to be a little less of that in the first couple years of Matt LaFleur’s tenure. If not, he’s going to be walked all over by the quarterback.