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Raiders expected to sign Jordy Nelson, cut Michael Crabtree

By Tyler Bischoff

Jordy Nelson met with the Raiders yesterday and now the two sides seem to be closing in on a deal to bring the wide receiver to Oakland.

Nelson was released by the Packers earlier this week after posting one of his worst seasons. The 32-year-old had just 482 yards and posted his lowest yards per catch (9.1) of his career. His quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, only played seven games due to injury.

In Green Bay, Nelson had four seasons with at least 1,200 yards receiving. Nelson missed the entire 2015 season due to an ACL injury he suffered in a preseason game. But he bounced back in 2016 with 1,257 yards and 14 touchdowns.

The Review Journal reported that if Nelson signs with the Raiders, Michael Crabtree will be cut.

Crabtree had a down year last season as well, posting 618 yards. His quarterback, Derek Carr, also suffered through an injury. Carr broke his back, but only missed one week.

Carr has broken a pinky, a leg and his back in the last two seasons.

The logic behind cutting Crabtree is to save money for a roster overhaul. But Crabtree carries a cap hit under $8 million. Nelson made $9.2 million last season.

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