Packers release Jordy Nelson

Nelson's 69 receiving touchdowns are second on the Packers all-time list.

Green Bay (AP) - The Green Bay Packers have released veteran receiver Jordy Nelson, the third-leading receiver in franchise history and one of quarterback Aaron Rodgers' top targets in the passing game.

The Packers announced the move Tuesday, a day before teams can begin to sign free agents.

Nelson had 550 receptions and 69 touchdown catches in 10 seasons in Green Bay. But his production declined last season with Rodgers sidelined much of the year by a collarbone injury.

"A player of Jordy's caliber and the person himself... this was tough, and this was big. I think it's only natural as players get older you see some physical decline," said Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst. "But I think like I said before, Jordy's still a very good player, and he'll contribute for someone next year. If it comes to difficult decisions, we'll make 'em. But I think it's important that we look at every avenue to improve our football team."

Nelson's release figures to foreshadow more moves for the Packers, who could use an upgrade at tight end. Jimmy Graham is one of the top free agents available on the market.