Oakland Raiders sign Jordy Nelson, release Michael Crabtree

AP Source Raiders to Add Former Packer Nelson Release Crabtree

AP Source Raiders to Add Former Packer Nelson Release Crabtree

We explained on Wednesday what a snug fit it'd be if Nelson indeed signed with the Raiders, pairing a consummate pro with a WR corps that needs more of them.

The signing came two days after the Green Bay Packers released him.

That wasn't the only move made.

A day later, the Oakland Raiders signed Nelson to a two-year deal, and he's excited to join Carr and the team after getting to know the ex-Fresno State star on Wednesday.

In his career, Nelson has played in 136 games, recording 550 receptions for almost 8,000 yards and 69 touchdowns. He also missed one due to suspension for his involvement in on-field altercation with Broncos defensive back Aqib Talib. It was great to get to know him a little bit more.

His production dipped to 58 catches for 618 yards and eight touchdowns in 14 games a year ago, however, as the Raiders offense as a whole didn't play up to the level it had in 2016. Of course, that was with Brett Hundley playing 11 games, not Nelson, the 2016 Comeback Player of the Year in the National Football League, enjoying his usual rare rapport with Aaron Rodgers. This is what Oakland and quarterback Derek Carr are in need of and just never got from Crabtree, who has never grabbed more than nine scores in a season.

Oakland signed six players in all Thursday: Nelson, Martin, FB Keith Smith and TE Derek Carrier on offense, and former New York Jets S Marcus Gilchrist and former Detroit Lions LB Tahir Whitehead on defense. It's different when you get helmet and shoulder pads on. I think I can do that.

The one road bump Nelson might encounter is what number to wear.

"If he charges a dollar for it I don't think I'll pay it", Nelson joked. Nelson said that would be similar to his role in Green Bay, and that his "leadership style is all about, "Actions speak louder than words'". "Right now we're on a two-year deal".

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