The Green Bay Packers have held the Division trophy for the NFC North for a while now, and they are trying to keep that streak going. They took one step toward that goal by retaining one of their star players in Jordy Nelson.
Four Year Deal
Nelson, coming off of a big year, was looking for a deal that gave him about $10 million a year, and his four year $39 million deal turned out to be what he wanted. The deal includes a $11.5 million signing bonus with $14.2 million guaranteed. His decision to stay with the Packers likely had something to do with the fact that he would be staying with one of the most talented passers in the game in Aaron Rodgers.
Jordy Nelson is one of the NFL's most underrated receivers, and has been a favorite target of Aaron Rodgers since they first teamed up. He was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the second round after attending Kansas State University from 2003 to 2007.
In his first few years, however, he did not display the ability that he is now known for, and only posted six touchdown catches from 2008 to 2010. He also struggled with fumbles earlier in his career, and lost ten fumbles in the 2009-2010 seasons.
Since the slow start, Jordy Nelson has posted 30 touchdown catches in 3 seasons, from 2011-2013. He also has yet to lose a fumble since 2010, which makes him an extremely reliable target for one of the league's best quarterbacks.
He also posted a career high in catches and yards last year, with 85 receptions for a total of 1314 yards. At 29 years old, Nelson is likely to keep up the great numbers and continue to produce for a Green Bay team that relies heavily on their passing game. His four year extension should be a good amount of time for him and Rodgers to develop a better relationship on and off the field.
A Key Figure
He has been one of the few receivers that Rodgers still has chemistry with, as his receiving corps is fairly new and inexperienced. James Jones and Greg Jennings were the last receivers that Rodgers had played with for a while, and they were released at the age of 29.
And now Jordy Nelson, who has already won a Superbowl, will continue his career with the Green Bay Packers, looking for a division title and maybe more.