The Green Bay Packers have had one of the most memorable off-seasons in franchise history. The kept some franchise players, and move on from others. Aaron Rodgers choosing to stay in Green Bay is by far the biggest story of the off-season. His three year $150M extension confirmed he would be in Green Bay for at least the 2022 season and possibly the 2023 season. The Davante Adams trade was also significant news for the Packers. One of, if not the best, wide receivers in franchise history was shipped off the Las Vegas.
The Green Bay Packers were able to retain a lot of their key players this off-season however. De’Vondre Campbell, Jaire Alexander, Rasul Douglas, and Allen Lazard top the list of contracts that were either extended or newly signed this off-season. The Packers also brought in Sammy Watkins and re-signed Robert Tonyan. However all this being said, the Packers have certainly come under a sizable amount of scrutiny this off-season.
Not enough receiving weapons for Aaron Rodgers?
The Green Bay Packers took care of their most important piece of business this offseason when they signed quarterback Aaron Rodgers to a three-year, $150.8 million extension. However, they didn’t do Rodgers many favors when it comes to his supporting cast.
The offense was short on receiver depth even before Green Bay traded No. 1 wideout Davante Adams to the Las Vegas Raiders, which Rodgers wasn’t expecting.
“It was a little surprising with Davante—obviously when I made my decision, I was still thinking he was going to come back,” Rodgers said on The Pat McAfee Show in April, per ESPN’s Marcel Louis-Jacques.
The Packers made a calculated choice not to overpay to keep Adams, but they also parted with receivers Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Equanimeous St. Brown in free agency. They brought in Sammy Watkins and rookie second-round pick Christian Watson, but it’s fair to wonder if that’s enough in the wake of the Adams trade.
It’s also worth noting that top tight end Robert Tonyan is coming off a torn ACL that he suffered in October.
On paper, the Packers receiving corps is much worse than it was a year ago. If Green Bay doesn’t already regret that, it likely will during the push to the playoffs.
Does the author have a point?
While many analysts and fans have been pounding the table for the Packers to sign another veteran wide receiver this off-season, the Packers seem confident in what they have. At least up until this point. There have been a few rumors about having interest in free agent veterans Odell Beckham Jr and Julio Jones. There were also rumors about being interested in trading for Raiders stand out tight end Darren Waller. However nothing has come to fruition as we are still sitting in June with Sammy Watkins and Allen Lazard as the presumed top two wide receivers.
One player the author conveniently left out was running back Aaron Jones. Jones has averaged just shy of 50 receptions per season since 2019. He has proven to be a weapon on offense, not just a running back. While Green Bay may pull the trigger on a veteran wide receiver at some point, they certainly have weapons at Rodgers’ disposal for the 2022 season.