The Green Bay Packers came into training camp knowing that it would best to extend star wide receivers Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb before the start of the regular season, and the only surprising thing was that the Packers didn’t extend one of them earlier. Cobb is a great player, but Nelson was always the clear priority for the Packers, because he established himself as an elite wideout and one of the top ten players at his position after a fantastic 2013 campaign.
Per a source close to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Packers and Jordy Nelson have agreed to a contract extension that will pay the 29-year-old $39 million over the next four seasons, so he’ll be signed through the prime of his career. Rapoport reports that $14.2 million of the $39 million will be guaranteed, with $11.5 million of it coming in a signing bonus. Nelson will be getting $9.76 million per year, which is a hefty amount but is a tad lower than the “at least” $10 million per season that Nelson was reportedly seeking.
While the Packers have plenty of depth at the wide receiver position after drafting Davante Adams, Jared Abbrederis, and Jeff Janis, it’s clear that they needed to lock up Nelson and, next, Cobb. These are two of the best wide receivers in the game, and this is especially true of Nelson. His extension comes after he was lighting it up in camp, as elite QB Aaron Rodgers was targeting his favorite weapon early and often today. Nelson’s route-running, amazing back-shoulder ability, underrated speed, quickness, route-running, excellent hands, and versatility in the slot and on the outside makes him an elite wideout. He and Rodgers have an amazing connection, and he deserves his hefty salary. He’s earned it with his play, and he should match his 85-1,314-8 line last season with a healthy Rodgers.
This is great news all-around, and we’ll all be waiting for word on an extension for Cobb, who is also deserving of some significant coin heading his way.