A big focus for the Oakland Raiders this offseason has been getting Derek Carr weapons to throw to as they have already added three new wide receivers to the organization.
The big acquisition was obviously trading for Antonio Brown, one of the best receivers in the league. They then signed former Los Angeles Chargers receiver Tyrell Williams and former Arizona Cardinals receiver J.J. Nelson to give Carr some speed and verticality to work with, which are also nice compliments to Brown’s skillset.
Because of all those additions, the Raiders wound up waiving their best receiver from a year ago, Jordy Nelson, to free up an extra $3 million in cap space.
It was reported shortly after he was released though that the Raiders have interest in bringing him back at a cheaper price tag. It appears that remains the case as despite Nelson meeting with the Seattle Seahawks this week, the Raiders are among the teams still with interest in signing him, via Adam Schefter of ESPN:
Former Packers’ WR Jordy Nelson is scheduled to visit the Seahawks on Tuesday, per source. They were interested in Nelson last year; GM John Schneider loves Nelson.
Other interested teams at this point include: Patriots, Titans, Chiefs, Raiders.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 18, 2019
Nelson is not the player he once was with the Green Bay Packers when he had four 1,200-plus yard seasons in a six-year span, but he was still a productive player for the Raiders at times during the 2018 NFL season.
In 15 games for the Raiders last season, Nelson caught 63 passes for 739 yards and three touchdowns. He became a reliable option for Carr, particularly on third down.
With three wideouts already brought in this offseason though, the Raiders likely aren’t willing to get into a bidding war for Nelson. If his market does not materialize, then it is possible he returns on a one-year deal.