Reports: Packers release WR Jordy Nelson, plan to sign TE Jimmy Graham

Aaron Rodgers has a new weapon, but he will also be saying goodbye to one of his favorite targets.

Former Seattle Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham is expected to sign a three-year deal with the Green Bay Packers when free agency officially opens on Wednesday, according to multiple reports.

Additionally, the Packers are releasing longtime wideout Jordy Nelson, according to multiple reports.

Nelson, 32, was set to count more than $12.5 million against the cap in 2018, the final year of his contract. His release saves Green Bay more than $10.2 million.

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Green Bay Packers' wide receiver Jordy Nelson celebrates his touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first quarter of the NFL's Super Bowl XLV football game in Arlington, Texas, February 6, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)
TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 21: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers reacts with Jordy Nelson #87 after they connected for a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on December 21, 2014 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 21: Jordy Nelson #87 of the Green Bay Packers looks on during a NFL game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on December 21, 2014 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/ Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 04: Jordy Nelson #87 of the Green Bay Packers warms up before the game against the Houston Texans at Lambeau Field on December 4, 2016 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 30: Wide receiver Jordy Nelson #87 of the Green Bay Packers walks off the field following the NFL game against the New England Patriots at Lambeau Field on November 30, 2014 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Patriots 26-21. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 21: Wide receiver Jordy Nelson #87 of the Green Bay Packers makes a nine yard pass reception as cornerback Cortland Finnegan #31 of the St. Louis Rams is penalized for unnecessary roughness on the tackle in the fourth quarter at Edward Jones Dome on October 21, 2012 in St Louis, Missouri. The Packers defeated the Rams 30-20. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 14: Jordy Nelson #87 of the Green Bay Packers looks on during the third quarter against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on October 14, 2012 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
Aug 29, 2015; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson looks on during warmups prior to the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 22, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson (87) warms up prior to the 2017 NFC Championship Game against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 8, 2017; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson (87) is defended by New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) during the first half in the NFC Wild Card playoff football game at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 04: Jordy Nelson named NFL's Comeback Player of the Year at the 2017 NFL Honors on February 04, 2017, at the Wortham Theater Center in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 22: Wide receiver Jordy Nelson #87 of the Green Bay Packers warms up prior to taking on the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship Game at the Georgia Dome on January 22, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Packers wideouts Randall Cobb and Davante Adams will count more than $23 million combined against the cap in 2018. According to an NFL Network report, the Packers have considered signing the 27-year-old Cobb, whose contract expires after 2018, to an extension, though there is no deal in place at this time.

Nelson has been one of Rodgers' favorite targets for several years, catching 195 passes for 2,776 yards and 27 touchdowns from 2014-2016 despite missing the entire 2015 campaign with a torn anterior cruciate ligament. However, Nelson struggled in 2017 as Rodgers missed significant time, finishing with 53 catches for 482 yards and six scores.

Graham, 31, caught 57 passes for just 520 yards in 2017, but he racked up 10 touchdowns en route to his fifth career Pro Bowl selection. He has caught at least nine touchdowns in five of the last seven seasons.

Graham's old team, the New Orleans Saints, reportedly had interest in reuniting with the big tight end, but talks stalled earlier Tuesday, according to an ESPN report.

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QB Kirk Cousins

Former team: Washington Redskins
2018 team: Minnesota Vikings

(Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

WR Willie Snead

Former team: New Orleans Saints
2018 team: Baltimore Ravens

(Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

CB Malcolm Butler

Former team: New England Patriots
2018 team: Tennessee Titans

(Photo by Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

CB Richard Sherman

Former team: Seattle Seahawks
2018 team: San Francisco 49ers

(Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

WR Sammy Watkins

Former team: Los Angeles Rams
2018 team: Kansas City Chiefs

(Photo by Nick Wosika/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

TE Jimmy Graham

Former team: Seattle Seahawks
2018 team: Green Bay Packers

(Photo by Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports)

QB Case Keenum

Former team: Minnesota Vikings
2018 team: Denver Broncos

(Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

DE Michael Bennett

Former team: Seattle Seahawks
2018 team: Philadelphia Eagles

(Photo by Otto Greule Jr /Getty Images)

QB Tyrod Taylor

Former team: Buffalo Bills
2018 team: Cleveland Browns

(Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

QB Sam Bradford

Former team: Minnesota Vikings
2018 team: Arizona Cardinals

(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

WR Danny Amendola

Former team: New England Patriots
2018 team: Miami Dolphins

(Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

WR Jarvis Landry

Former team: Miami Dolphins
2018 team: Cleveland Browns

(Photo by Richard C. Lewis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

WR Torrey Smith

Former team: Philadelphia Eagles
2018 team: Carolina Panthers

(Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

WR Paul Richardson

Former team: Seattle Seahawks
2018 team: Washington Redskins

(Photo by David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

FS Kurt Coleman

Former team: Carolina Panthers
2018 team: New Orleans Saints

(Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

DT Haloti Ngata

Former team: Detroit Lions
2018 team: Philadelphia Eagles

(Photo by Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

LB Anthony Hitchens

Former team: Dallas Cowboys
2018 team: Kansas City Chiefs

(Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

DT Star Lotulelei

Former team: Carolina Panthers
2018 team: Buffalo Bills

(Photos by Frank Mattia/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

RB Jonathan Stewart

Former team: Carolina Panthers
2018 team: New York Giants

(Photo by Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports)

RB Isaiah Crowell

Former team: Cleveland Browns
2018 team: New York Jets

(Photo by Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports)

QB Teddy Bridgewater

Former team: Minnesota Vikings
2018 team: New York Jets

(Photo by Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

DT Muhammad Wilkerson

Former team: New York Jets
2018 team: Green Bay Packers

(Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

RB Dion Lewis

Former team: New England Patriots
2018 team: Tennessee Titans

(Photo by Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports)

G Andrew Norwell

Former team: Carolina Panthers
2018 team: Jacksonville Jaguars

(Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

RB Carlos Hyde

Former team: San Francisco 49ers
2018 team: Cleveland Browns

(Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

CB Trumaine Johnson

Former team: Los Angeles Rams
2018 team: New York Jets

(Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

CB Bashaud Breeland

Former team: Washington Redskins
2018 team: Carolina Panthers

(Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

OT Nate Solder

Former team: New England Patriots
2018 team: New York Giants

(Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

QB Trevor Siemian

Former team: Denver Broncos
2018 team: Minnesota Vikings

(Photo by Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports)

WR Jordy Nelson

Former team: Green Bay Packers
2018 team: Oakland Raiders

(Photo by Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports)

RB Doug Martin

Former team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2018 team: Oakland Raiders

(Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

CB Jason McCourty

Former team: Cleveland Browns
2018 team: New England Patriots

(Photo by: 2017 Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images)

DT Dontari Poe

Former team: Atlanta Falcons
2018 team: Carolina Panthers

(Photo by Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

G Josh Sitton

Former team: Chicago Bears
2018 team: Miami Dolphins

(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

C Ryan Jensen

Former team: Baltimore Ravens
2018 team: Miami Dolphins

(Photo by Todd Olszewski/Getty Images)

CB Tyrann Mathieu

Former team: Arizona Cardinals
2018 team: Houston Texans

(Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

WR/KR/PR Cordarrelle Patterson

Former team: Oakland Raiders
2018 team: New England Patriots

(Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

G Justin Pugh

Former team: New York Giants
2018 team: Arizona Cardinals

(Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

C Mike Pouncey

Former team: Miami Dolphins
2018 team: Los Angeles Chargers

(Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

CB Orlando Scandrick

Former team: Dallas Cowboys
2018 team: Washington Redskins

(Photo by Matthew Visinsky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

DE Vinny Curry

Former team: Philadelphia Eagles
2018 team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

(Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

WR Michael Crabtree

Former team: Oakland Raiders
2018 team: Baltimore Ravens

(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

DT Sheldon Richardson

Former team: Seattle Seahawks
2018 team: Minnesota Vikings

(Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

CB/S Morgan Burnett

Former team: Green Bay Packers
2018 team: Pittsburgh Steelers

(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

WR Danny Amendola

Former team: New England Patriots
2018 team: Miami Dolphins

(Photo by Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)

DT Ndamukong Suh

Former team: Miami Dolphins
2018 team: Los Angeles Rams

(Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

WR Brandin Cooks

Former team: New England Patriots
2018 team: Los Angeles Rams

(Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)

WR Jordan Matthews

Former team: Buffalo Bills
2018 team: New England Patriots

(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The Packers have rarely made major moves early in free agency in recent years, but new general manager Brian Gutekunst has indicated that he intends to be more active than predecessor Ted Thompson. Tuesday's moves would seem to affirm that approach.

This is the second consecutive offseason in which Green Bay added a big-name tight end. The Packers signed Martellus Bennett last offseason, but the team released him midseason saying he failed to disclose a previous injury.

--Field Level Media

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