Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Former Cardinals WR J.J. Nelson signs with Oakland Raiders

Former Cardinals WR J.J. Nelson signs with Oakland Raiders

Both backup quarterback A.J. McCarron and wide receiver Jordy Nelson were both cut on Thursday, bringing some cap relief for a team that has been spending a lot of money in recent days.

Nelson caught 63 passes for 739 yards and three touchdowns in his only season with the Raiders after entering as the team's highest-profile offseason signing.

The Packers drafted Nelson in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft out of Kansas State.

Nelson's $3 million salary would've become guaranteed on Friday, and there was a $500,000 roster bonus, so they saved some cash and $3.5 million in salary-cap space.

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Nelson, 26, played each of his first four National Football League seasons in Arizona after the Cardinals drafted him in the fifth round (159th overall) in 2015.

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.

Meanwhile, the Raiders add another receiver after already acquiring Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams in the past week. In addition to Nelson, veteran wideout Seth Roberts also could be shown the door by the Raiders, who are in full rebuild mode when it comes to the roster.

Williams signed a deal worth $47 million with $22 million guaranteed, a source told Schefter.

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