Report: Jimmy Graham's Packers salary will average less per year than Jordy Nelson's 2018 deal

It appears that the Green Bay Packers are making a cost savings at the receiver positions by picking up tight end Jimmy Graham and letting go of wide receiver Jordy Nelson.'s Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero report that the Packers will be paying Graham, a free agent from Seattle, a $10 million per year average over three years. It will involve $22 million the first two years.

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Last season, Graham caught 57 passes for 520 yards and 10 touchdowns. In 2017, all the Packers tight ends combined for just 43 receptions, 680 yards and one touchdown.

This shows a dramatic improvement in productivity at the tight end position, with a small dropoff at most between Nelson and Randall Cobb at the No. 2 position. The No. 3 wide receiver performance dropoff may be more prohibitive, but at a part-time position compared to tight end.

Overall, Green Bay saved money and improved its receiving corps with the combined moves, particularly at one of the Packers' worst positions.

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