The accomplished former Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson will visit with the Oakland Raiders today. Nelson has planned meetings with Seattle and New Orleans.
Day two of the NFL Free Agent legal tampering period ended with reports that newly released wide receiver Jordy Nelson is meeting with the Oakland Raiders today. Those reports also indicate he has set up visits with the Seattle Seahawks and New Orleans Saints.
Former Packers' WR Jordy Nelson in demand:
Visiting Raiders today, then scheduled to visit the Seattle Seahawks, then the New Orleans Saints, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 14, 2018
The news points to the Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie and head coach Jon Gruden having the first crack at the fan favorite who turns 33 in May. Nelson has a good rapport with the Raiders new wide receiver coach Edgar Bennett. Nelson’s best years came when Bennett was his coach in Green Bay. Expect the Raiders to put in a competitive offer in hopes that Nelson does not leave Oakland without a contract.
The Raiders Have Cap Ammunition.
Many in Raider Nation believe the Raiders are cap broke and cannot afford a quality upgrade at any position.. That opinion is not correct and if you look the Raiders have $20 million to spend after re-signing defensive tackle Justin Ellis and signing tight end Derek Carrier yesterday. Not only do the Raiders have that cas to spend, they also have flexibility with current roster players that have zero to little dead money tied to them.
With that in mind, the Raiders have the cap ammunition to entertain one to maybe three mid-to-high level free agents and still have enough to re-sign linebacker NaVarro Bowman. They also can (and will) extend franchise defensive star Khalil Mack. McKenzie and Director of Football Operations Tom Delaney are miracle workers when it comes to cap management.
Don’t count the Raiders out of making a modest splash in free agency this year.
NFL free agency period begins today at 1pm PDT.
NOTE: As I finished writing this, it was just announced, that the Raiders are bringing back tight end Lee Smith.