Packers release WR Jordy Nelson

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers have released veteran receiver Jordy Nelson, the third-leading receiver in franchise history and one of quarterback Aaron Rodgers' top targets in the passing game.

The Packers announced the move Tuesday, a day before teams can begin to sign free agents.

The Riley Co. High School grad had 550 receptions and 69 touchdown catches in 10 seasons in Green Bay. But his production declined last season with Rodgers sidelined much of the year by a collarbone injury.

Nelson's release figures to foreshadow more moves for the Packers, who could use an upgrade at tight end. Jimmy Graham is one of the top free agents available on the market.

In 2007, Nelson was a consensus All-American for Kansas State as well as a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award. That year he caught 122 passes for 1,606 yards and 11 touchdowns