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Former college teammate Jordy Nelson feels for Josh Freeman

Jay Sorgi

Josh Freeman (5) in a game against the Packers in 2009. Photo: Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Former college teammate Jordy Nelson feels for Josh Freeman

CREATED Oct. 4, 2013

A Green Bay Packers wide receiver who was a teammate of a now-released Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback says he has sympathy for him after a contentious situation in Tampa Bay.

"It's kind of become a mess.  I feel bad for Josh.  It's kind of messed with his future a little bit," said Jordy Nelson on 620WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Afternoon News."

"I played with him for two years.  To me, he was a college kid. On the field, he's very smart, very talented, worked hard. Besides that, he was a normal kid.  He had fun, but nothing outrageous.  He was just a normal kid..never saw anything like this."

The "this" Nelson refers to involves a disintegrating relationship between the organization and Freeman which grew more contentious by the day until the fifth-year was released Thursday -- just a quarter of a season after becoming the first 4,000-yard passer in franchise history and helping the offense set numerous club records.

There were even reports that were allegedly leaked that Freeman was involved in the NFL's substance abuse program, according to

Freeman accused the Buccaneers of the leaks.

"A lot of it is getting blown out of proportion. It will be interesting if all the facts do come out."

There were also suggestions that the Packers should go after Freeman as the team's backup to Aaron Rodgers.