The Patriots are set to lose wide receiver Danny Amendola to the Miami Dolphins on Wednesday night in free agency. Seattle is expected to lose wide receiver Paul Richardson to the Washington Redskins.
Nelson, 32, played nine seasons for the Packers. He had 53 catches for 482 yards and six scores in 15 games last season. Nelson had 97 receptions for 1,257 yards and a league-high 14 touchdowns in 2016. He made his lone Pro Bowl in 2014, after hauling in a career-high 98 catches for 1,519 yards and 13 scores.
The 2016 Comeback Player of the Year won a Super Bowl with the Packers in 2011.
Two-time NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers wrote a farewell message for his longtime teammate on Tuesday after the news broke of his release.
"Hard to find the right words today to express what 87 means to me," Rodgers wrote on Instagram. "No teammate exemplified what it means to be a Packer quite like him. From living in GB full time, his incredible contributions to the city, state, and region, to his consistent, reliable play on the field. Definitely a sad day and the toughest part of this business. There will never be another quite like 'White Lightning.' #leader #brother #friend #baller #loyal #champion #legacy #intact #stillcanplayball #backshoulder #1stSBTD"