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Raiders release WR Jordy Nelson

15 March, 2019, 22:56 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
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ALAMEDA, Calif. - Despite giving Jordy Nelson a $3.6 million roster bonus in December and coach Jon Gruden saying the veteran receiver would return to the Oakland Raiders in 2019, the team released Nelson on Thursday, the team announced.

But the 33-year-old struggled to replicate his Packer form in Oakland, even after the Raiders shipped out Amari Cooper midway through the campaign.

The Raiders save about $3.5 million in cap space. It makes less than zero sense to pay a guy $3 million and then send him packing.

After looking for a temporary home before the franchise's move to Las Vegas, Raiders owner Mark Davis agreed with East Bay officials on a deal on Friday to bring his team back to the Oakland-Alameda Coliseum for the 2019 National Football League season.

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With the Raiders in 2018, Nelson played a featured wide receiver position that perhaps he might not had with Green Bay after having approximately half the receptions and touchdowns he had in 2017 compared to 2016. From Weeks 6-10, Nelson caught only five passes for 36 yards.

Nelson would have been battling for field time with Brown and Tyrell Williams, who also was just signed by the Raiders.

Williams signed a deal worth $47 million with $22 million guaranteed, a source told Schefter.

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