After the Green Bay Packers announced they released the veteran wide receiver Tuesday, Jordan Schultz of Yahoo Sports reported Nelson was "targeting" the New England Patriots as a possible destination and "knew he was being released".
An NFL source confirmed multiple reports that the Packers, who are thin at tight end after last year's failed Martellus Bennett experiment, are interested in Graham.
Nelson will be 33 years old in 2018, but he still has some of the better hands in the game and remains a premiere red-zone target at 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds.
Does this mean the Packers will dive into every free agent opportunity that comes their way, with deals like Kirk Cousins' $28 million/year guaranteed with the Vikings?
Graham, 31, is considered one of the top pass-catching tight ends in the NFL.
Outside of his touchdowns, however, Graham suffered a decline in his production. Last season, he caught 39 passes for 593 yards and eight touchdowns in 15 games with the Rams. "At 6'7" and 265 pounds he is a tough matchup for most National Football League defenses. Of course, the most notable position of playing late into your career has always been quarterback, but Nelson is still a relatively young man, and can offer a team a tremendous skill set. However, in 2017, he had just 53 catches for 482 yards and six scores. His 7848 yards placed him fifth, his 69 touchdowns ranked only behind legendary Don Hutson and his 25, 100 yard games was third most. Cobb was given his chance in 2015 to be the go-to guy, when Nelson missed that season, but it didn't happen.
After Davante Adams signed a four-year, $58 million contract extension in December, it seemed likely the Packers would have a hard time keeping both Nelson and Randall Cobb.