The Green Bay Packers should pay Jordy Nelson

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Nelson could help Green Bay run away from the Detroit Lions in the NFC Central.

According to ESPN’s Rob Demovsky, the Green Bay Packers want to finalize an extension with wide receiver Jordy Nelson “sooner rather than later.”

The 29-year-old Nelson, who caught 85 pigskins for 1,314 yards and eight touchdowns in 2013, is set to pocket $2.55 million this season.

Green Bay has $13.64 million in cap space and Nelson will reportedly seek a deal that pays $10 million annually.

Altogether, since getting drafted 36th overall out of Kansas State in 2008, the 6-foot-3, 217-pound Nelson has compiled 302 receptions for 4,590 yards and 36 scores.

Even with megastar Aaron Rodgers shelved for seven games last autumn, the Packers finished with the league’s eighth ranked attack and averaged 400.3 yards per contest.

Thus, with journeyman Matt Flynn substituting for the 2011 MVP, Green Bay (8-7-1) somehow managed to persevere and earn their fourth consecutive division title.

Although loaded with weapons, Nelson and running back Eddie Lacey proved to be the most productive Packers.

Nelson, a speedster capable of completing the 40-yard dash in 4.51 seconds, is extremely athletic and possesses surefire hands.

Plus, the 2007 All-American is a precise route-runner who can quickly adjust to poorly thrown balls.

Provided their defense plays competently, Nelson can help Green Bay capture their third Vince Lombardi Trophy this February at the University of Phoenix Stadium.

Nevertheless, regardless of how the team fares as a unit, the Packers need to ink Jordy Nelson “sooner rather than later.”

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