Aaron Rodgers is saying goodbye to one of his top targets.
Following the release of Jordy Nelson on Tuesday, the Packers quarterback shared a touching tribute on Instagram commemorating the wide receiver’s 10 seasons in Green Bay.
“Hard to find the right words today to express what 87 means to me,” Rodgers wrote. “No teammate exemplified what it means to be a packer quite like him. From living in GB full time, his incredible contributions to the city, state, and region, to his consistent, reliable play on the field. Definitely a sad day and the toughest part of this business. There will never be another quite like white lightning.”
Nelson, who was slated to count $12.5 million against the Packers’ salary cap, reportedly wasn’t willing to take a pay cut. As a result, the team cut him and signed tight end Jimmy Graham to a reported three-year deal.
During their time together in Green Bay, Rodgers and Nelson connected for 65 touchdowns, more than any other quarterback-receiver duo in franchise history.
Nelson logged 53 catches for 482 yards and six touchdowns in 15 games with the Packers last season, while Rodgers missed a big portion of 2017 with a broken collarbone.