Hard to Feel Sorry For Jordy Nelson
Jordy Nelson made his first radio appearance since getting released by the Green Bay Packers and now signed with the Oakland Raiders. Nelson poured his heart out to Jason Wilde for a 26 minute interview about his release, and what happened to lead to the point of Jordy being a Raider. For Nelson, it’s fascinating to see him give nearly a half hour to talk about what happened. Packers hurt Nelson’s feelings by deciding to not cooperate with a new deal, and their cold nature towards him set off Nelson. While this might seem different from old Packer way, this is the new normal.
We wrote about this concept a few weeks ago, but it bears repeating. Green Bay has a new regime under Brian Gutekunst, and things are going to be done differently. I’m fairly certain Ted Thompson would have found a way to keep Nelson on the team. Gutekunst did not use Nelson as a way to make a statement, rather, he was the first major decision where this new normal applied to a player. Packers had a number they wanted Nelson’s salary to be in order to sign other free agents, and he would not agree. That led to the release. It’s pretty cut and dry, even if, Jordy will bemoan the idea that Green Bay left him out to dry.
Wilde did pose the question about Aaron Rodgers’ injury, and if he played all year, would Nelson be a Raider? It’s a great question by Jason, and one that we will never know the answer. It could have made a world of difference, but what we saw with Brett Hundley is a player who relied on having a great quarterback. Sure, he runs solid routes and makes all the right decisions yet the separation from corners was lacking with Hundley or Rodgers in his one game back.
It’s tough to see Jordy in another uniform, but Green Bay made the right call to push their franchise forward. It’s a shame that Nelson ended up being part of the shrapnel, but that’s how it goes in football.