Jordy Nelson reportedly targeting Patriots after release by Packers

Dec 17 2017 Charlotte NC USA Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson with quarterback Aaron Rodgers in the second quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Dec 17 2017 Charlotte NC USA Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson with quarterback Aaron Rodgers in the second quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

In the post, Rodgers said "there will never be another quite like white lightning".

In that sense, Cobb came out as the victor on Tuesday, when the Packers cut Nelson.

According to ProFootballTalk, the 32-year old wide receiver is "targeting" the New England Patriots as his next team, but he is first scheduled to meet with the Oakland Raiders today. There will be none of that in Green Bay with Aaron Rodgers at the helm.

The emergence of Davante Adams as the Packers' top outside receiver also likely helped Gutekunst move on from Nelson before Cobb.

Nelson, 33, played 136 regular season games with the Packers. "There will be many avenues to upgrade that group and like I said, I think we have some good, young players there that will be competing for those spots, but it is something that we are focused on". And, due to being able to sign Wilkerson on such a cheap, incentive-laden deal, the Packers will certainly be in play to target another free agent or two, assumably to stock up the cornerback position. Although Cobb hasn't come close to his 2014 production (when he set career marks with 91 catches for 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns), he's still a multipurpose player who can line up in the slot, on the outside and in the backfield, plus can return punts.

"I don't think it has any correlation to that", Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst said after the Packers released Nelson.

Last season, Nelson finished third on the Packers with 53 receptions for 483 yards and six touchdowns.

Nelson was the National Football League receiving touchdowns leader in 2016.

Nelson, who was slated to count $12.5 million against the Packers' salary cap, reportedly wasn't willing to take a pay cut.

The Packers signed the former All-Pro tight end to a three-year deal worth $30 million, according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport.

Rapoport called it a "huge move" for Green Bay.

Graham had a four-year stretch in New Orleans where he caught a total of 46 touchdowns.