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Green Bay Packers make free-agent splash, sign TE Jimmy Graham

Green Bay Packers make free-agent splash, sign TE Jimmy Graham

To that end, Green Bay's front office is placing a priority on upgrading Aaron Rodgers' weapons in the aerial attack. Bennett was the running backs coach for the Packers between 2008-10, or Nelson's first three National Football League seasons, and the wide receivers coach from 2011-14 before being promoted to Green Bay's offensive coordinator in 2015-17.

The soon to be 33-year-old Nelson had a down year in Green Bay last year, hauling in 53 passes for 482 yards and six touchdowns.

Graham's three seasons with the Seattle Seahawks were a mixed bag.

Graham was an unrestricted free agent.

The Packers' transition from Ted Thompson to Brian Gutekunst has brought about a change in philosophy. By cutting Nelson, the Packers save $10,218,750 in salary-cap space.

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NFL Network's Mike Garofolo says, however, Green Bay wants Graham to be a Packer.

"We can not thank Jordy enough for all that he has given the Green Bay Packers and our community for the past 10 years", general manager Brian Gutekunst said after Nelson's release was announced.

"We can not thank Jordy enough for all that he has given the Green Bay Packers and our community for the past 10 years", Gutekunst said. In total, he has eclipsed 1,200 yards four times, and has three seasons of double-digit touchdowns. Nelson has been a favorite target of Aaron Rodgers.

The news came the same day the Packers reportedly chose to sign tight end Jimmy Graham. "But from what I've heard about Chicago, it's an fantastic city and football town". But it's that production the Packers are banking on with the signing.

The Packers made sure they didn't lose two of their up-and-coming young players when they extended qualifying offers to exclusive-rights free agents Michael Clark and Justin McCray, ESPN.com reported. Graham's true value to the Seahawks previous year was seen in the team-best 10 touchdowns he hauled in. He was also the NFL's comeback player of the year. He caught 550 passes to rank third in franchise history.