It's time to end the Jordy Nelson-to-New England speculation for good, Patriots fans.
Nelson is retiring from the NFL on Wednesday, his former Green Bay Packers teammate, James Jones, announced on Twitter.
🚨After more than a decade in the NFL, my brother, former #Packers & #Raiders WR @JordyRNelson is calling it a career. He’s stepping away from the game with more than 8,500 yards...72+ TD’s and as a SB Champion! I’m proud of him and happy for him and his family! #Ese’ #Respect— James Jones (@89JonesNTAF) March 27, 2019
The 33-year-old wide receiver hit free agency this offseason after spending 2018 with the Oakland Raiders, and the Patriots reportedly were among the teams interested in signing him, which made sense considering New England's need at receiver and Nelson's impressive pedigree.
But the 10-year veteran instead is calling it quits, capping an excellent career that featured four 1,000-plus-yard seasons with Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.
Jordy Nelson's career PFF advanced statistics:— PFF (@PFF) March 27, 2019
- 90.4 overall grade
- 89.7 receiving grade
- 3,008 yards after the catch
- 447 combined first-down & TD receptions
- 68 missed tackles forced
- 116.7 WR rating
- 202 explosive plays (15+ yards)
- 1.89 yards per route run https://t.co/uksx5NTjdD
The Patriots have made some depth-filling moves at wide receiver by signing Bruce Ellington and Maurice Harris, but they still may look to add a quality target in free agency or via trade. It just won't be a former Packers great.
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