Nelson is expected to meet with the Seattle Seahawks on Tuesday, and is also drawing interest from the New England Patriots, Tennessee Titans, Kansas City Chiefs, and the Raiders. Oakland released Nelson on March 14 in-wake of acquiring wide receivers Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams, but it appears the team has interest bringing Nelson back on a cheaper deal.
Seattle was also interested in signing Nelson last off-season after he was released by Green Bay. The 2016 NFL Comeback Player of the Year is considered to be a favorite of Seahawks general manager John Schneider, who was with the Packers’ front office when Nelson was drafted by the team 36th overall in 2008.
If Seattle and Nelson are able to reach an agreement, he will slot in as the third receiver on the Seahawks depth chart behind Doug Baldwin and Tyler Lockett, therefore giving quarterback Russell Wilson another weapon. Nelson is likely to have a similar role on the other four teams interested in him as well.
It does not appear that the Packers, who Nelson spent the first ten years of his NFL career with and formed a great relationship with quarterback Aaron Rodgers, are interested in a reunion. Green Bay has one of the best receivers in the league in Davante Adams, but with Randall Cobb likely set to move on from the Packers as well, there are some question marks about the depth at receiver behind Adams.
The 33-year-old Nelson, who will turn 34 in May, caught 63 passes for 739 yards and three touchdowns in 15 games for the Raiders last season, bringing his career totals to 613 catches, 8,587 yards, and 72 touchdowns across 151 career games (102 starts).
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