Nelson, 32, is coming off of a down year in which he only had 482 receiving yards and six touchdowns on 53 receptions. The year before, however, he posted 1,257 yards and a whopping 14 touchdowns on 97 receptions.
His regression in 2017 has been cited as many things. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers was injured and missed most of the season. Losing possibly the best quarterback in the NFL will obviously hurt the offense as a whole, not just Nelson. Others attribute it to his age and diminishing speed.
Still, the Ravens missed out on the more desirable free agent wide receivers and now have to search the remains for a decent player. Nelson could still have some juice left in the tank and would be a good mentor for a Baltimore receiving corps that could look much younger in 2018.
It’s no secret that the Ravens have found the most success at the wide receiver position by acquiring older veterans who were thought to be near the end of their careers. Derek Mason, Anquan Boldin, Steve Smith Sr., and Mike Wallace are all examples of this. Nelson could be the next man in line to continue this tradition. It’s not like the Ravens many options left at this point in free agency.