The Packers wide receivers group is getting thinner by the day, even with Randall Cobb coming back on a cheaper contract and Allen Lazard being tendered for the 2022 season. Equanimeous St. Brown and Marquez Valdes-Scantling are gone for sure. E.Q. St. Brown signed with the Bears and MVS looks to be getting a big pay day in free agency (10 million plus/yr). And of course, the blockbuster news of the day with Adams being traded…
This year’s draft is loaded with wide receivers to take for the future, but having a veteran or two to go along side Cobb and Lazard would be huge for this offense.
3. Jarvis Landry
The Packers have already been tied to Jarvis Landry since his release from Cleveland.
Landry was set to make $16 million in 2022 but had no guaranteed money left on his deal. He tweeted in February that he would “like to stay” in Cleveland, but he also said that he is confident he can still be a contributor for another team in “winning a championship.”
Landry is a five-time Pro Bowler but struggled last season with a knee sprain that he suffered in Week 2, an injury that kept him out five weeks. He finished with 52 receptions for 570 yards and four total touchdowns — all career lows. A veteran presence outside of Adams in the locker room would pay dividends for this offense
2. Julio Jones
The Titans acquired Jones last year along with a 2023 sixth-round draft pick from the Falcons. They gave up a 2022 second-round pick and a 2023 fourth-round pick. The move was supposed to provide much-needed balance to Tennessee’s passing attack. Jones, however, appeared in just 10 games because of injuries. He had career lows with 31 receptions for 434 yards and just one touchdown reception.
Julio Jones enters the 2022 off-season as a prime candidate for a short term deal that is team friendly. While he’s one of the best wide receivers of this generation, his health has been suspect for two straight years. Jones is 33 and could very well be past his #1 wide receiver days.
Contributing to an offense with a bonafide #1 wide receiver and a hall of fame quarterback would be huge for him.
1. Will Fuller V
I absolutely love the idea of Will Fuller V joining the Packers. The price tag and ceiling would compliment each other so well. When Fuller is on the field, he is a top receiver in this league. Fuller signed to a one-year, $10.5 million contract last offseason. However Fuller played only 65 offensive snaps before a broken finger in Week 4 sidelined him for the rest of the season. I
n total, Fuller caught 4 of 8 targets for 26 yards. A vast difference to his five years in Houston, where he recorded 3,110 yards and 24 TDs on 209 receptions. While it remains to be seen if he signs a one-year “prove-it” deal or a multi-year contract, whichever team lands Fuller in free agency will get far more explosive in the process.
Yes… Injuries will be a concern
I am aware that every one of these athletes have had an injury or two as of late. The fact of the matter is, you’re rarely going to find a fully healthy good wide receiver in free agency. Those type of receivers are re-signed or traded 99% of the time. The Packers will have to navigate the free agency waters the best they can at the wide receiver position. However signing a veteran presence seems like a necessity at this point with Adams gone.