The pickup of tight end Jimmy Graham, reported Tuesday, is a dramatic improvement at a position of great need for the Packers, and is perceived as a much larger improvement than the dropoff at wide receiver between Nelson and Randall Cobb at No. 2, and between Cobb and Geronimo Allison at No. 3 - a part-time position on the offense.It will probably also come with more cap room for the Packers, as Nelson would have been paid about $12 million in salary with $10.25 million for the salary cap. Additionally, the tight end market has mainly been about $8 million for the top.signings.
Nelson, a 2014 Pro Bowler, was the 2016 NFL Comeback Player of the year after a broken leg which ended his 2015 campaign before it began, an injury in the 2015 preseason against Pittsburgh.
He was also first-team All-Pro in 2013 (Pro Football Focus) and 2014 (Sporting News).