Earlier this week, it was reported that the Packers had agreed to sing wide receiver Devin Funchess. Given the team’s lack of cap room, many wondered how the Packers could afford to sign Funchess. These questions, however, have been answered today.
The Funchess deal is reportedly a one-year contract worth $2.5 million. This includes a base salary of $1.2 million with opportunities to be worth up to $6.25 million. In order for Funchess to make the full amount, he needs to remain healthy for the entire season, something he has not done for the past two seasons.
Funchess spent the first four seasons of his NFL career with the Carolina Panthers. His best season was the 2017 season in which caught 63 passes for 840 yards and 8 touchdowns. He only played in 14 games in 2018, and in just one game in 2019.
The contract Funchess has signed with the Packers is similar to the contract Geronimo Allison played on last season. This would seem to indicate that the Packers are ready to move on from Allison, who had 34 receptions for 287 yards and two touchdowns last season.
The low-risk nature of this contract also implies that the Packers do not see Devin Funchess as a definite answer to their lack of depth at wide receiver. Expect the Packers to still make drafting a talented young wide out a priority in the upcoming draft.
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