GREEN BAY – In early June, Jordy Nelson said he planned to retire from the NFL as a member of the Green Bay Packers, the team for which he played 10 seasons and won a Super Bowl.
On Sunday, the club made it official by announcing that Nelson has told the team of that intention. He will meet the media Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. in advance of the Packers’ joint practice with the Houston Texans.
The move is largely ceremonial. The Packers won't sign Nelson to a one-day contract as some teams do when they allow a player to retire with them. It avoids unnecessary roster moves and the possibility of the NFL asking Nelson to submit to a drug test, as the league did recently when former running back Steven Jackson (who retired in 2015) signed a one-day deal to retire as a member of the Los Angeles Rams.
Nelson played for the Packers from 2008-17 before finishing his career with Oakland in 2018. He made the Pro Bowl in 2014 and was the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year in 2016. He also helped the Packers win Super Bowl XLV over the Pittsburgh Steelers by catching nine passes for 140 yards and a touchdown.
A favorite of Packers fans – and quarterback Aaron Rodgers – Nelson compiled four 1,000-yard seasons and led the league in touchdown receptions in 2016 with 14.
In 136 career games with the Packers (88 starts) he caught 550 passes for 7,848 yards and 69 touchdowns. Those totals rank him No. 3 in catches, No. 5 in yards and No. 2 in touchdowns in Packers franchise history.
After being released by the Packers after the 2017 season, he caught 63 balls for 739 yards and three scores for the Raiders last season.
His 613 career catches rank 68th all-time, his 8,587 yards 78th and 72 touchdowns are tied for 39th.
Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel contributed.