The Green Bay Packers acquired three wide receivers in the 2022 NFL Draft. They also acquired Veteran Wide Receiver Sammy Watkins via free agency. With all of that being said, they could find themselves benefiting from signing another veteran wide receiver. The Packers lost Davante Adams, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, and Equanimeous St. Brown all in one off-season. Adding one more weapon for Rodgers could be beneficial for two reasons. It would help bridge the gap between the rookies this season and their progression next year. It could also be the missing piece for a 2022 Super Bowl run.
New York Giants Could Cut WR Darius Slayton?
As a 2019 fifth-round pick, Slayton would have been due a $965,000 salary this season in the final year of his rookie contract. But Slayton’s salary has increased to $2.5 million because he earned a proven performance escalator by playing more than 35 percent of the Giants’ offensive snaps in his first three seasons.
It’s a noble idea to reward players who have outperformed their draft slot like Slayton, who has 124 catches for 1,830 yards and 13 touchdowns in three seasons. The problem is that the increased salary, which contains no guarantees, makes Slayton more vulnerable to getting cut, especially with the Giants’ tight salary-cap situation.
Through Slayon’s first three seasons, he has caught 124 passes for 1,830 yards and 13 touchdowns. No one in a Giants uniform has produced more receiving yards or touchdowns over that span; only Sterling Shepard (159) and Evan Engram (153) have caught more passes.
Would Green Bay benefit from adding Slayton?
Darius Slayton would be a big addition for this Packers’ wide receiving room. Slayton still remains an effective pass catcher in this league. A change of venue with an elite QB would be huge for him. The Packers having three wide receivers on the roster with quality starting experience would be extremely beneficial.
Allen Lazard, Sammy Watkins, and Darius Slayton would provide options for their number one slot. Randall Cobb obviously has a plethora of starting experience. He, however, will largely be used in the slot and situationally. While it remains to be seen if Slayton will be cut, he certainly should be a name Green Bay is interested in if he does get the chop.