Raiders release former Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson

Yes, Jon Gruden gave Jordy Nelson a $3.6 million Christmas gift, but it's not as bad as it sounds

Nelson's $3 million salary would have become guaranteed if he was on the roster Friday. With the agreement in place and the Raiders set to return to Oakland, the league can move forward with planning all 32 teams' schedules.

"Normally, when you hand out a bonus for next year's season, there's a pretty good chance those guys are coming back", Gruden said December 28.

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.

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.

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Nelson, who turns 34 on May 31, had this to say when asked late previous year if he planned to play for the Raiders in 2019: "It's not always the player's decision".

Nelson wasn't an ideal complement to newcomers Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams (think quick slot type), so just add that $3.6 million to that $52.1 million guaranteed. He now joins the Raiders, who will play their final season in Oakland this year before moving to Las Vegas.

The Raiders also announced the release of quarterback AJ McCarron.

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