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It was a move that wasn't too surprising, but it's still pretty wild - the Green Bay Packers cut ties with longtime wide receiver Jordy Nelson.

Earlier in the day, the Packers signed Jimmy Graham, a possible Patriots target, to a three-year deal, which likely helped in the team's decision to cut Nelson.

Now that he is a free agent, there are reports that link Nelson to the Patriots. Despite the Patriots having solid wide receiver depth even after the departure of Danny Amendola, Nelson is the kind of veteran player New England may take a chance on.

An older player who was once really productive and who is coming off a down year (53 receptions, 482 yards and six touchdowns) is music to Bill Belichick's ears. Nelson would obviously not be the No. 1 receiver if he were to sign with New England, but his ability to stretch the field and play in the slot would give Tom Brady another big-time weapon.

However, there's no word on the kind of money Nelson is looking for. He would likely need to take significantly less money than he would get from another team if he were to play in New England.

The Raiders are also reportedly interested in Nelson.

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Jesse Gaunce 3/14/2018 09:56:00 AM Edit

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