(TNS) — Jordy Nelson may have seemed like a natural fit for the New England Patriots as a free agent. But on Tuesday, the veteran wide receiver reportedly called it a career.

James Jones, an NFL Network analyst and former teammate of Nelson's, tweeted Wednesday that Nelson would be retiring this offseason. Nelson was a free agent after being cut by the Oakland Raiders following a one-year run.

The announcement is not ideal news for the Patriots, who are in need of wide receiver help and are looking at a free agent market that was already pretty barren to start with. The Patriots were reportedly one of the teams interested in signing Nelson this offseason.

Nelson, who turns 34 in May, had a long run with the Green Bay Packers, posting four 1,000-yard seasons while playing with Aaron Rodgers. However, he's taken a step back in production in recent years as he's gotten up in age. Hr caught 63 passes for 739 yards last season with the Raiders.