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The San Francisco 49ers cemented their quarterback situation five weeks ago by signing Jimmy Garoppolo to a five-year, $137.5 million deal. Now they need to focus on putting some top-tier weapons around him. One of those weapons could be recently released Packers receiver Nelson.
According to Jordan Schultz of Yahoo Sports, San Francisco is interested in Nelson. And Nelson wants to continue playing, according to Schefter. Per Schultz, the Patriots, Oakland Raiders, Baltimore Ravens and Seattle Seahawks are also interested in Nelson.
The 49ers would be an attractive landing spot for Nelson. He’d get to play for a bright young offensive mind in head coach Kyle Shanahan, he’d get to play with an up-and-coming quarterback, and he’d possibly earn himself a sizable payday since San Francisco has quite a bit of cap space to play with.
The 49ers, in turn, would get a veteran receiver who has experience playing with a dynamic, athletic quarterback. While Nelson is 32 years old and entering the twilight of his career, he would almost certainly help Garoppolo grow as a franchise quarterback.
“I think it’s only natural as players get older, you see some physical decline,” Gutekunst said, per Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press Gazette. “But I think Jordy is a very good player. He’ll contribute for somebody next year.”
The problem is Nelson likely doesn’t have many years left in the league, and he just might have a desire to go to an established contender. According to Schultz (h/t Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk), Nelson knew he was going to be released and has targeted the Patriots.
Could Nelson contribute for the 49ers next season? It’s possible, but our guess is he’d rather target a seemingly better opportunity to win now.
B.S. Rating: 7
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