Aaron Rodgers on Jordy Nelson's exit: 'Definitely a sad day'

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The deal was reported by Adam Schefter on Tuesday afternoon, and it later came with a very surprising follow-up: the Packers are releasing Jordy Nelson as well.

Following the release of Jordy Nelson on Tuesday, the Packers quarterback shared a touching tribute on Instagram commemorating the wide receiver's 10 seasons in Green Bay.

The news came the same day the Packers reportedly made a decision to sign tight end Jimmy Graham.

Nelson was a favorite target of Aaron Rodgers, but he appeared to lose a step in 2017, turning in a disappointing season in which he caught 53 balls for 482 yards and six touchdowns. Jordy will always be a member of the Packers family and we look forward to his eventual induction into the Packers Hall of Fame.

Why did the Packers cut Nelson?

Nelson would immediately slot in as Seattle's number two receiving option and would benefit tremendously from having Russell Wilson as his quarterback, as opposed to Brett Hundley who was his primary QB a year ago in Rodgers' absence.

Green Bay added to its free-agency splash Tuesday by reaching an agreement with Wilkerson, the once-promising defensive end the Jets released February 28.

The Seahawks acquired Graham and a fourth-round pick in a trade with New Orleans in 2015, sending center Max Unger and a first-round pick to the Saints.

Graham caught 10 touchdowns in 2017 - leading the Seahawks and setting a team record for single-season TD receptions by a tight end. They tried to do the same thing last offseason when they signed Martellus Bennett, but it turned into a disaster.

Now 32-years-old, Nelson was slated to earn $9.25 million in base salary for 2018, and with bonuses and prorated money would have counted $12.52 million against the cap.

Though free agency doesn't start until Thursday, teams are lining up deals with free agents and retooling their rosters this week in anticipation for the upcoming league year.

Seattle thought the 6-7, 265-pound Graham would be the ideal solution to that problem and also had been increasingly anxious about the future of Unger, who played just six regular season games in 2014 due to injuries and had also missed three games the season before. He scored 27 touchdowns between 2014 and '15 and accumulated a career-high 1,519 yards in '14.

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