Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson is undervalued and under appreciated, so the extension from Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White caught his eye. Nelson is set to hit free agency next season, so the time to start thinking about a new deal is now.
According to ESPN.com, Nelson is going to be seeking out at least $10 million per year.
At the minimum, Nelson would like to see a four-year deal worth the $40 million that White received.
The report reads:
Nelson is seeking all of that — and more. A source familiar with the negotiations said Nelson wants a deal worth at least $10 million per season. That would be a major increase from his current contract, which averages $4.2 million per season and ranks 34th among all NFL receivers. White was due to make $5 million this season.
Nelson could hold out to get a new deal, but he currently has no plans to do so. There is also a chance that the Packers and Nelson could sign a new deal before the start of the season.
Whether or not a deal will be reached remains to be seen, but it would be well-deserved for a player who has outplayed his current contract.
If the Packers and Nelson can’t reach a deal by the time the regular season begins, the team runs a risk of losing him on the open market in 2015.