GREEN BAY, Wis. – Jordy Nelson, Green Bay’s leading receiver last season, has a deal commensurate with his production after signing a contract extension before taking the field for the first practice of training camp Saturday.
Packers officials didn’t divulge terms when announcing the signing after the end of practice. NFL Network reported it was a four-year, $39 million deal through 2018 that includes $14.2 million guaranteed.
“He said he re-signed and he was really happy,” Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers said. “Now he can buy all the land in Kansas.”
Nelson, a 29-year-old Kansas native who attended Kansas State, posted career bests of 85 catches and 1,314 yards last season. The 2008 second-round pick has developed into one of the top receivers in the league with his ability to make sideline catches.
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Nelson said he never considered holding out.
“I don’t like the word ‘worth,’ ” Nelson said, interrupting a reporter who used it in a question. “I don’t like the word ‘worth’ because to be honest with you, I don’t think any of us are worth this money. But it’s your value and the business we’re a part of.”
• Reserve running back Kendall Hunter of the San Francisco 49ers will miss the season because of a torn ligament in his right knee.
Hunter, 25, suffered the injury in a noncontact drill Friday at training camp.
• Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart, a former standout at Timberline High in Lacey who played college ball at Oregon, is expected to miss about two weeks of camp after pulling his hamstring while running sprints earlier this month.
Stewart, 27, said he expects to be ready for the regular season.
Meanwhile, Panthers rookie running back Tyler Gaffney from Stanford will have season-ending surgery because of a knee injury.
• A crowd of more than 4,000 fans, many wearing rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel’s No. 2 jersey, swarmed to Cleveland’s first day of training camp in Berea, Ohio.
• Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay visited training camp in Anderson, Ind., and passed out $100 bills to some fans. Irsay, 55, was charged with DUI in March and has an Aug. 28 trial date.