Packers make two big moves: Signing Jimmy Graham and releasing Jordy Nelson

The Green Bay Packers are signing arguably the best tight end in free agency while parting ways with one of their most experienced team leaders.

No one will ever forget the contributions #87 brought to Green Bay anytime soon.

An NFL source confirmed that the Packers have deals in place with both Graham and Wilkerson.

Packers fans wanted off-season moves.

"We can not thank Jordy enough for all that he has given the Green Bay Packers and our community for the past 10 years", Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst said.

Schefter reports on Twitter that the Packers plan to sign Graham to a three-year deal.

After his 10 years in the green and gold, Nelson holds a franchise postseason record in receptions (54), is fourth all-time in receiving yards (668) and is tied with Cobb for third all-time in receiving TD's (five). With the Seahawks, Graham posted 18 total touchdowns (10 coming last season) and 2,048 receiving yards.

Who does Seattle still have at tight end?

Nelson wasn't the fastest receiver ever to put on a Packers uniform, nor was he the best route runner.

It certainly makes sense that a number of teams would be interested in Nelson. The Packers ranked third in red-zone conversion percentage previous year, even with Aaron Rodgers injured for half the season. The Packers have a huge hole at tight end last season after Martellus Bennett didn't work out.

The Raiders have mostly sat back and watched other teams overspend on what is a ho-hum undrafted free agency class in 2018.

Jimmy Graham was Russell Wilson's go-to target in the red zone last season. He was traded to Minnesota in September 2016 and started 15 games that season after Teddy Bridgewater's knee injury.

"I think we've got some good, young prospects (at cornerback)", Gutekunst said.

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