The Green Bay Packers pay among the least at the wide receiver position in the NFL, according to a recent article by Will Brinson of CBSSports.com.
Per Brinson, the Packers currently will pay their wide receivers $5.97 million in 2014, which ranks 29th of 32 teams. Only the Carolina Panthers, Dallas Cowboys and Buffalo Bills spend less at the position.
The average NFL team spends $12.58 million on wide receivers, putting the Packers at less than half the average.
In terms of spending on wide receivers as a percentage of the salary cap, the Packers have allocated just 4.2 percent of their invested money into the position, which ranks 30th in the NFL.
There's a variety of reasons the Packers spend so little at the position, and part of it has to do with veteran attrition after seeing long-time contributors such as Greg Jennings and James Jones depart via free agency over the past two seasons and Donald Driver leave the game due to retirement.
But the Packers also got Jordy Nelson to agree to a very team-friendly deal worth $12.6 million over four years, originally signed after the Packers won Super Bowl XLV in 2011. At the time of his signing, Nelson was the 27th highest-paid wide receiver in the league.
Despite becoming one of the best receivers in the NFL and out-performing his pay grade, Nelson wouldn't do anything differently.
"I don't have any regrets about what I did," said Nelson this week. "It's easy to say that now, and I go out and blow out my knee halfway through the season, now I'm the smart one."
With Nelson and Randall Cobb entering the final year of their respective contracts, the Packers aren't expected to be getting such a bargain at wide receiver for long.
If it was entirely up to Nelson, he would like to sign an extension with the Packers before the start of the 2014 season.
"I guess I'm more focused on hoping it gets done before that point," said Nelson. "We'll deal with that when it comes."
Perhaps a realistic time frame for when deal could get done is the lull between the end of minicamp and the start of training camp.
For the Packers, the final day of mandatory minicamp takes place on June 19, a little more than a month before reporting back to training camp on July 25.
During that period, Nelson, his agent and the Packers organization will have more time to devote more time to discussing parameters of a potential deal.
"You want it done so you and your family are comfortable," said Nelson. "You want it done so you don't have to worry about it. It's just one less thing on your mind, I think on both sides. As soon they get it done, they can start working on somebody else, so we'll see what happens."
Perhaps after locking up Nelson and maybe even before, the Packers can work on Cobb who's currently on the final year of his bargain rookie deal.
As it currently stands, Cobb will make a base salary of less than a million dollars in 2014 ($812,648), although including his prorated signing bonus, his cap number increases to $1.021 million.
Second round wide receiver Davante Adams is also just one of two Packers draft picks not to have signed a contract yet.
It's impossible to pinpoint when all these deals will get done, but it won't be long and the Packers will no longer be cellar dwellars in their money devoted to the wide receiver position.
Will Brinson of CBSSports.com will join Cheesehead TV's Railbird Central Friday morning at 8:30 a.m. CT to discuss his recent article.
Photo: Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson lines up against the Balitmore Ravens in 2013. Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports.
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