Packers set to go after Watkins, Graham, Robinson

Doug Mendoza
March 14, 2018

When then-general manager Ted Thompson stepped down, and new general manager Brian Gutekunst stepped in, his plan was to be more active in free agency than in year's past. Graham remains a touchdown-scoring force but didn't offer much after the catch in 2017. Graham will likely approach $9 million per year, if not more.

At a cap hit of over $12.5 million, Nelson was due the third-highest salary of any Packers player for 2018.

According to, Nelson, who was selected by the Packers in the second round (No. 36 overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft out of Kansas State, played in 136 regular-season games with 88 starts during his 10 seasons with Green Bay (2008-17).

With Nelson's release, the Packers now turn their attention to finding help on both sides of the ball.

"I wouldn't be surprised if the Green Bay Packers dip their toe into those waters", Rapoport said of Robinson's market. The two have been among the best receiving tight ends for the better part of a decade, and the Patriots had success in the past while utilizing two featured tight ends.

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Coach Mike McCarthy has stressed the importance of a seam-stretching tight end to Rodgers' offense.

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

Outside of his touchdowns, however, Graham suffered a decline in his production.

Later in Tuesday night's news conference, Gutekunst was asked if there was a number at which he would have kept Nelson. Graham's true value to the Seahawks past year was seen in the team-best 10 touchdowns he hauled in. To that point, he had six touchdowns in the first five games of the season, but he never caught another one.

Teams can not officially sign players until Wednesday, March 14, but a big chunk of high profile free agents have already reached agreements with new teams.

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