Nelson hopes desire to stay with Packers doesn't hurt him in contract talk
JUN 03, 2014 7:25p ET
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Jordy Nelson doesn't want this to be his last season with the Green Bay Packers. After making that point very clear, the 29-year-old wide receiver is now hoping that his desire to stay put doesn't work against him in contract negotiations.
"I don't understand how a guy can do the right things in the media, in the public, on the field and want to be here and (have it) be used against you," Nelson told FOXSportsWisconsin.com. "To me, that doesn't make sense. If they try to, that'll be a discussion we'll have and we'll go from there.
"But I think they're going to be very respectful about it. I don't think they'll use it against me. But we'll see."
Nelson, who is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent at the conclusion of the 2014 season, is approaching the end of a three-year, $12.6 million contract that he signed in October 2011.
Though there is nothing imminent with Nelson signing an extension with the Packers, it's something he wants to get done sooner than later.
"If they don't know I want to be here, I think they've had their head buried," Nelson said. "I wouldn't have a problem talking to them right now and telling them."
When Nelson signed his original contract extension in 2011, he had yet to become the star player that he's known as now. However, despite playing for less money in recent years than he would have been worth on the open free-agent market, Nelson has never once complained. In fact, he has talked openly about how it's impossible for him to complain about money when he's making millions for playing a game.
Nelson has an opportunity to somewhat make up for the money he missed out on last time, but he has no plans to attempt to do so.
"You can't," he said. "It's not fair to yourself, it's not fair to the organization. You need to get paid for what you're able to do for the team."
The big question that Nelson knows he will have to wrestle with, though, is weighing his past production versus what he and the Packers think he'll be able to contribute in the future.
Nelson's past production is very impressive. In 2011, he had 68 receptions for 1,263 yards and 15 touchdowns. Nelson had an injury-plagued 2012 season, but he bounced back last year with career-highs in catches (85) and yards (1,314).
"You have to base it off your past, too," Nelson said. "If you didn't have any past, then they wouldn't know what type of player you are. I think you can look at the past.
"If you look at the past three years, two years ago the injury had a little effect, but if you look at the games I played, still productive; still had good yardage and touchdowns and missed six games or whatever it was. Last year, you look at that, what we went through as a team and to still be productive.
"You use that, (but) you have to judge also what the future is. Because to be honest with you, you don't want to price yourself out, because then you become a liability on the financial end of it. So there's a fine line to it, and we'll get there."
The difficulty in assessing Nelson's future with Green Bay is that he just turned 29. That's the same age that fellow wide receivers Greg Jennings and James Jones both were when they hit free agency and were not brought back by the Packers.
"I'm sure they (the Packers) will use (age as a factor during negotiations) as much as they try," Nelson said. "But I think for the year I had last year and playing all the games, I'm not going to fall off that quick. So I think we'll be fine.
"I think there's more to it than age. Each side is going to have their points. That's obviously going to be one, because everyone uses it. In every sport, you start hitting that age 30 mark, people start looking at you different.
"Trust me, I remember when I was 18 and feeling sore after a high school game. I didn't think I'd be able to play until I'm almost 30."
Nelson still has one full year until he hits that magic age 30 mark. But when that time does come, he wants it to happen while still wearing the green and gold.
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