Meanwhile, Schefter reported that a source told him the team would be releasing Nelson, the team's longest-tenured receiver.
Asked if the Packers offered Nelson the opportunity to come back in 2018 at a reduced salary, Gutekunst replied, "There were a lot of discussions that went on".
"We can not thank Jordy enough for all that he has given the Green Bay Packers and our community for the past 10 years,"Gutekunst said in the statement".
Gutekunst said he spoke with Rodgers about it after the Packers made a decision to release Nelson.
His numbers dipped last season - Nelson had 53 catches for 482 yards - while Rodgers played in just seven games due to injury.
To some surprise, he is instead signing with the Green Bay Packers, according to multiple reports Tuesday afternoon.
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Aaron Rodgers will need to find a new favorite target soon, with wide receiver Jordy Nelson reportedly on his way out of Green Bay. The net result is that Green Bay will replace Nelson by signing free-agent tight end Jimmy Graham (according to ESPN). They finished 23rd in points a year ago as quarterback Derek Carr played through injury and the offense never clicked. "But I think it's important that we look at every avenue to improve our football team". But I am glad we don't have to see him sit on the bench like Donald Driver did in his previous year, catching all of seven passes.
Graham is the second Seattle offensive starter from 2017 who will be moving on as receiver Paul Richardson agreed earlier in the day to a five-year deal with Washington.
He had 97 catches on 1,257 yards and a league-best 14 touchdowns in 2016, rebounding from a knee injury that sidelined him the previous season.
Rodgers, like everyone else, had to see that Nelson wasn't himself late last season - and not all of that should be blamed on fill-in quarterback Brett Hundley's inaccuracy.
Graham, 31, caught 57 passes for just 520 yards in 2017, but he racked up 10 touchdowns en route to his fifth career Pro Bowl selection.