The Green Bay Packers and wide receiver Jordy Nelson have agreed to a four-year, $39 million contract, reports Ian Rapoport of NFL.com. The deal includes $14 million in guaranteed money, much of which comes from a massive $11.5 million signing bonus that he’ll receive soon.
One of the top receivers in the game over the past few years, Nelson has developed a strong chemistry with Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and is arguably the team’s top offensive weapon. Obviously a QB of Rodgers’ caliber will make pretty much any good receiver look even better, but it’s hard to argue against the production we’ve seen from this duo in recent seasons.
In 2013, Nelson caught 85 passes for 1,314 yards and eight touchdowns, leading the Packers in all three categories as the team weathered injuries to Rodgers and eventually sneaked into the postseason. It was arguably the best year of his career, although some might argue his 1,263-yard, 15-touchdown performance in 2011 is more impressive.
With those numbers, Nelson was reportedly looking for at least $10 million annually on his new deal, and he nearly got it. The average salary for the wideout over the next four years is $9.75 million, although his salaries will be lower given the payout through the signing bonus.
The deal gives the Packers some stability on offense, where the core of Rodgers, Nelson, Eddie Lacy and Randall Cobb remains an extremely dangerous group. It will be interesting to see if this deal has any effect on Cobb’s future, since he’ll surely want to get paid eventually, too, even if his numbers aren’t at Nelson’s level yet.