Monday, June 9, 2014
Nelson doesn't hide desire to stay with Pack
By Rob Demovsky
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Some NFL players use politically correct, middle-of-the-road answers when contract years come around.
Not Jordy Nelson.
The Green Bay Packers standout receiver is not playing any games. He is not talking about leaving his options open or seeing what the market might present.
Rather, he is stating his desire, something he did last week during the Packers' organized team activities and again Sunday at a charity softball game that formerly belonged to Packers' legends Brett Favre and Donald Driver but now bears the Nelson name.
"My wife and I have enjoyed it," Nelson said Sunday of his time in Green Bay. "Let's see, it's 6 years going on 7 years now. We don't want to go anywhere else. We love it here. We want to be here, and hopefully we can get to that point."
Last week, Nelson expressed confidence that he would get an extension done with the Packers before too long. The 29-year-old former second-round pick is in the final season of a three-year, $12.6 million extension that turned out to be a bargain for the team, considering Nelson's productivity.
He has a pair of 1,200-plus yard seasons in the last three years, including a career-best 1,314 yards last season.
Driver's retirement after the 2012 season and James Jones' departure in free agency this offseason has left Nelson as the elder statesman among the Packers' receivers. That the Packers have lost that pair plus Greg Jennings in free agency since the end of the 2012 season could make keeping Nelson all the more important.
As for Nelson, he does not seem to be concerned about hurting his bargaining power by going public with his preference to remain with the Packers.
Nor does he seem like he has given his agent, Vann McElroy, any directives to try to make up for any money he might have left on the table by signing his last extension before his statistical spike of the last three years.
"What I got in that last deal, I'll never spend it all anyway," Nelson said last week. "So I'm not worried about it."