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Jordy Nelson won’t leave Bay Area Wednesday night after Raiders visit

Jordy Nelson won’t leave the Bay Area Wednesday night after his visit with the Raiders, a source familiar with the situation told the Bay Area News Group. No agreement is in place just yet between Oakland and the former Green Bay Packers wide receiver, though, and talks are still ongoing.

Nelson, the free agent released by the Packers Tuesday, took his first visit to Alameda Wednesday afternoon. ESPN reported he had later visits scheduled with the Seattle Seahawks and New Orleans Saints, but we’ll see if Oakland brass can close a deal so Nelson doesn’t take those visits. Nelson had played for the Packers since entering the league in 2008, and has some familiarity with current Raiders staffers from their time in Green Bay.

New Raiders wide receivers coach Edgar Bennett held the same position with the Packers from 2011-14. From 2015-17, Bennett served as Green Bay’s offensive coordinator. When Nelson joined the team as a rookie in 2008, current Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie worked in the Packers’ front office.

In his career, Nelson has 550 catches for 7,848 yards and 69 touchdowns. His production took a dip last season, though, as his numbers went from 85 catches, 1,314 yards and eight scores in 2013 to 98 catches, 1,519 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2014 to 97 catches, 1,257 yards and 14 scores in 2016 (Nelson missed 2015 with a right knee injury) to 53 catches for 482 yards and six touchdowns in 2017 while quarterback Aaron Rodgers played only seven games due to injury.

Nelson will be 33 years old when next season starts. It’s unlikely he commands as much money as other free-agent wide receivers will reportedly receive, but you never know these days. Former Jaguars receiver Allen Robinson will reportedly get a three-year, $42 million deal from the Chicago Bears. Former Rams wideout Sammy Watkins is reportedly getting a three-year, $48 million deal from the Kansas City Chiefs. And, among others receiving an astronomic dollar figure given their past, former Washington receiver Ryan Grant will reportedly receive a four-year, $29 million contract from the Baltimore Ravens.

If Nelson joins Oakland, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Tuesday, Michael Crabtree’s release is expected. Crabtree caught 58 passes for 518 yards and eight touchdowns last season, serving as Derek Carr’s primary red zone threat.

Crabtree is owed $7 million in base salary in 2018 and $718,750 more in bonuses. His release would come with no dead money against the cap. Head coach Jon Gruden has singled out Crabtree as one of the reasons he took the Raiders job in the first place.

And whatever this is worth, according to several former teammates’ responses on Twitter after his release and others’ testaments, Nelson is considered a top-tier locker-room presence. We’ll see how talks progress Wednesday night and if the Raiders make their first big splash of free agency.


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