Packers part ways with Jordy Nelson

Jordy Nelson

GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- It's an abrupt goodbye for one of the best pass catchers in Green Bay Packers history.

"A player of Jordy's caliber and the person himself, this was tough, this was big for me," said Packers General Manager Brian Gutekunst. "I do think it's the right thing for our football club and like I said, now we have to move forward."

The Packers released Jordy Nelson after ten seasons in Green Bay.

"There's difficult decisions all the time. I think we'll look at every avenue to help improve our team and if it comes to difficult decisions we'll make them,' said Gutekunst. "He's a good player and those shoes will be hard to fill but we're going to work really hard to try and do that."

Gutekunst said he discussed the transaction with quarterback Aaron Rodgers after his decision to release Nelson not before.

Rodgers and Nelson combined for the most touchdowns ever between a Packers quarterback and wide receiver.

"Jordy is still a very, very good player and he'll contribute for someone next year," said Gutekunst. "He was such an excellent player on the field, excellent player in the locker room and obviously in the community as well. He's everything you want a pro to be and he'll be missed."

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