Aaron Rodgers pays tribute to Jordy Nelson after Packers make 'best decision for us'

From ESPN - March 13, 2018

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- If the Green Bay Packers offered Jordy Nelson a pay cut -- and indications are they did -- then it must have been so low that the one-time Pro Bowl receiver decided to take his chances somewhere else.

Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst would not say whether that was an option before he released Nelson on Tuesday, although he indicated there were several scenarios that were discussed before the decision was reached.

"There were a lot of discussions that went on," Gutekunst said. "In fairness to him, we wo not get into those kind of discussions."

Nelson was due to make $10.25 million in salary and bonuses in the final season of a four-year $39 million deal. With Nelson, Randall Cobb and Davante Adams, the Packers had three receivers who would have combined to take up more than $35.7 million in salary cap space this season. Instead, the Packers will wipe off Nelson's $9.25 million base salary plus a $500,000 roster bonus and a $500,000 workout bonus.

He indicated publicly last season that he might be open to restructuring his deal, but Gutekunst also would not say whether there was a number -- either salary-cap or cash -- that would have allowed Nelson to remain with the team that drafted him at No. 36 overall in 2008. But a source said he told teammates that he was opposed to a pay cut unless it was within reason.

ESPN Wisconsin reported that the Packers offered Nelson the chance to return at a significantly reduced salary.

"There [are] those kind of things that you go through," Gutekunst said. "But at the end of the day, I think ultimately we just decided that where we are heading, this is the best decision for us -- without getting into too many details."


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