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Raiders release Nelson after 1 season

After revamping their wide receiver corps by bringing in Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams, the Oakland Raiders have released Jordy Nelson after one season, the team

target="_blank" href="https://www.raiders.com/news/raiders-release-quarterback-aj-mccarron-and-wide-receiver-jordy-nelson?sf209406889=1">announced Thursday.

Nelson signed a two-year, $14.2-million deal with the Raiders last offseason following 10 seasons with the Green Bay Packers.

But the 33-year-old struggled to replicate his Packer form in Oakland, even after the Raiders shipped out Amari Cooper midway through the campaign. The veteran pass-catcher finished with 739 yards, the second-lowest total of his career as a starter, and found the end zone just three times.

Nelson's place on the 2019 roster appeared to be assured after the Raiders pushed forward his bonus in December.

Jon Gruden on Jordy Nelson on December 28, after the Raiders gave him a $3.6 million bonus early for cap purposes. “Yeah, he’ll be back.”

— Gregg Rosenthal (@greggrosenthal) March 14, 2019

The Raiders will gain $3.57 million in cap space by cutting the former Pro Bowler.