Packers Morning Buzz: Cornerbacks? Who needs cornerbacks?
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We’ll start with Tom Silverstein’s look at Jordy Nelson sharing the same fate as several big-time Packers wide receivers throughout the years.
In a fairy-tale world, receiver Jordy Nelson would hand in his Green Bay Packers helmet to the equipment guys at Lambeau Field and walk away from the game on his terms.
But it doesn’t always work that way in the NFL.
Nelson signed a two-year deal with the Oakland Raiders for a reported $15 million Thursday, just 48 hours after the Packers released him after 10 seasons in Green Bay.
The Packers jettisoned Nelson so they could clear $10.25 million of salary-cap room and sign free-agent tight end Jimmy Graham and defensive tackle Muhammad Wilkerson. The Packers offered a pay cut, but it was so steep Nelson had little option but to turn it down, knowing he could get a lot more somewhere else.
As tough as it might be for fans to see the Packers cut their hero, Nelson is not the first player to exit 1265 Lombardi Ave. with more to give to the game of football. And he won’t be the last.
Pete Dougherty looked at Brian Gutekunst’s decision to go after Jimmy Graham:
Michael Cohen and Tom Silverstein break down all the Packers offseason moves so far:
Tom has the numbers on the Jimmy Graham contract:
The Packers signed a Bears cornerback to an offer sheet, which Chicago almost immediately matched.
I chatted with readers via Facebook Live on Friday afternoon:
Aaron Rodgers was tuning into March Madness this weekend:
Elsewhere, in his Monday Morning Quarterback column, Peter King says he likes the Muhammad Wilkerson signing:
Defensive tackle Muhammad Wilkerson (one year, $5 million) to the Packers. He was a $10-million-a-year player two years ago, and he screwed it up, and now he’s got a season to save his career, on a one-year prove-it contract, with a chip the size of a boulder on his shoulder. I like his chances to reward Green Bay.
Brian Baldinger breaks down Mike Daniels game:
Andy Herman looks at Tramon Williams' year with the Cardinals:
Dusty took a trip down memory lane:
Jason Perone looks at a shrinking cornerback market:
It might be time to look toward the draft for new talent at corner:
Good Morning Football asks if the Packers are better with Graham:
The Honey Badger won’t be coming to Green Bay: