One of the best receivers in the league, Green Bay wideout Jordy Nelson certainly could command a big dollar contract from either the Packers prior to next spring or from another team in free agency. However, if Nelson has it his way, he’d be staying in Green Bay, and not necessarily on a big dollar contract either.
In an interview with ESPN NFC North writer Rob Demonvsky, Nelson opened up about wanting to stay in Wisconsin with his family.
“My wife and I have enjoyed it,” Nelson said Sunday of his time in Green Bay. “Let’s see, it’s 6 years going on 7 years now. We don’t want to go anywhere else. We love it here. We want to be here, and hopefully we can get to that point.”
Furthermore, he admitted the Packers ultimately do not need to break the bank in order to make him feel appreciated.
“What I got in that last deal, I’ll never spend it all anyway,” Nelson said last week. “So I’m not worried about it.”
For Packer fans, this is certainly great news. It’s rare to find a wide receiver, or a pro athlete in general, who openly admits to not needing the big money contract he certainly could fetch in either free agency or through an extension.
As a result, it’s likely that the Packers and Nelson find some middle ground that suits both the team’s payroll and offers the money Nelson certainly deserves, if not at a hometown discount.