On Tuesday, the biggest single-day in Packers free agency since Charles Woodson came to town, Brian Gutekunst agreed to bring on former All-Pro tight end Jimmy Graham and release fellow former All-Pro Jordy Nelson.
It was a literal 1:1 trade as far as transactions are concerned, but given the strengths of each at this point in their careers, there’s a congruence that could suggest a 1:1 trade in this offense.
Nelson, losing athleticism and lateral quickness, benefits from his preternatural connection with Rodgers, feel in the red zone, and his body control near the sidelines. He’s Rodgers’ security blanket on third down and no one is a more potent threat around the goal line both within the flow of the offense and on second-reaction plays.
Over the last two years, Nelson leads the league in red zone touchdowns.


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