Oakland Raiders cut Jordy Nelson after paying receiver's roster bonus

Ruben Hill
March 16, 2019

Nelson's place on the 2019 roster appeared to be assured after the Raiders pushed forward his bonus in December.

Although Vegas remains on the team's horizon in 2020, the new lease agreement includes an option for the team to stay in Oakland for that season in case the Raiders' new $1.84 billion stadium in Las Vegas isn't completed on time. Raiders head coach Jon Gruden originally said the receiver would return to the team.

Nelson caught 63 passes for 739 yards and three touchdowns in his only season with the Raiders after entering as the team's highest-profile offseason signing.

Nelson's 64 yards from scrimmage a year ago were a career-low for him after he had 299, 568 and 508 in his first three seasons, respectively.

Arizona Cardinals' J.J. Nelson (14) runs during the second half of an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, in Indianapolis. He spent his first nine seasons in the league with the franchise.

For Nelson, he was expected to be the No. 3 wideout behind both Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams, two guys who officially became Raiders on Wednesday.

The Raiders also announced the release of quarterback AJ McCarron.

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