Receiver Jordy Nelson lands with Oakland Raiders, who cut Michael Crabtree

Jon Gruden said earlier this offseason he wanted to throw the game back to 1998. Jordy Nelson hasn’t been around that long, but the Oakland Raiders will try to rekindle what he had in his prime.

The Raiders are signing Nelson according to former Packers receiver and current NFL Network analyst James Jones, days after the Green Bay Packers cut ties with their longtime No. 1 receiver. Nelson will get $15 million over two years with $13 million guaranteed. New Raiders receivers coach Edgar Bennett was an assistant with the Packers during Nelson’s entire career there, so there’s some level of familiarity with Nelson, who will turn 33 at the end of May.

The Raiders swapped out Michael Crabtree for Nelson. Crabtree was released as the Nelson signing became official, according to numerous reports. Crabtree had just 618 yards last season and is on the wrong side of 30 years old. Crabtree had a $7 million salary due this season. Nelson could be an upgrade for the Raiders, though there’s risk attached.

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Nelson had a wonderful run with the Packers from 2008-2017, but slowed down considerably last season, two years removed from a torn ACL. Nelson had a career-low 9.1 yards per catch, though that could easily be attributed to having Brett Hundley throwing him the ball for much of the season after Aaron Rodgers’ injury. Nelson did have 1,257 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2016 at age 31, a year after his knee injury. It’s easy to attribute Nelson’s poor season to Hundley and gamble on a rebound.

Nelson to the Raiders was rumored on Wednesday and Thursday morning, then NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said the New Orleans Saints made a late push. The Raiders ended up getting the deal done, however.

If Nelson plays like he did years ago, it could be a nice deal for the Raiders. We know Gruden is going retro, so it might work out.

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 15: Aaron Rodgers #12 and Jordy Nelson #87 of the Green Bay Packers greet each other before the game against the Minnesota Vikings on October 15, 2017 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 24: Aaron Rodgers #12 and Jordy Nelson #87 of the Green Bay Packers celebrate after scoring a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field on December 24, 2016 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - JANUARY 01: Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) and Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson (87) chat prior to a NFC North NFL football game between Detroit and Green Bay on January 1, 2017, at Ford Field in Detroit, MI. (Photo by Adam Ruff/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - JANUARY 01: Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) and Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson (87) chat prior to a NFC North NFL football game between Detroit and Green Bay on January 1, 2017, at Ford Field in Detroit, MI. (Photo by Adam Ruff/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
21 DEC 2014: Aaron Rodgers (12) and Jordy Nelson (87) of the Packers during the regular season game between the Green Bay Packers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire/Corbis via Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - FEBRUARY 06: Jordy Nelson #87 and Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers celebrate after a 29 yard touchdown pass against the Pittsburgh Steelers during Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium on February 6, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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)
Oct 19, 2014; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (right) and wide receiver Jordy Nelson (left) react after a Packers touchdown in the third quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Lambeau Field. The Packers beat the Panthers 38-17. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
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