The Green Bay Packers are facing a situation that they have not faced in 20 years: the loss of two of their top three wide receivers. Davante Adams was traded to the Las Vegas Raiders for a first and second round pick. Marquez Valdes-Scantling signed a three-year contract with the Kansas City Chiefs. Equanimeous St. Brown signed a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears, but he was hardly the weapon that the other two were in the Packers’ offense. Ever since the Adams trade, many have speculated that the Packers will draft a wide receiver or two early in the draft. It has also been speculated that they may sign a free agent wide receiver, or try to trade for one. One former first round pick and big play wide receiver has been linked to the Packers for some time now: Will Fuller.
Will Fuller Does Have a Long Injury History
As fast and as good as Will Fuller can be, the problem is health. He has played in six NFL seasons, but has never been healthy for more than 14 games in a year. Last season, a broken finger limited him to just two games with the Miami Dolphins. In the past, he has missed time with pulled hamstring, torn ACL, cracked ribs, another pulled hamstring, an injured groin, and a sprained elbow.
The injury history is surely a concern and is probably a large reason as to why Fuller has not been signed yet. The upside, though, is that Fuller present a legitimate downfield threat when he is healthy. He has a career average of 14.7 yards per reception. In 2020, in which he played just 11 games, Fuller had 53 receptions for 879 yards and eight touchdowns.
Low Risk, High Reward?
The question, besides can Will Fuller stay healthy, is what will he cost? Fuller’s last contract with the Miami Dolphins was a one-year $10.6 million deal. Kristopher Knox of Bleacher Report compared Fuller’s free agent value to that of Juju Smith-Schuster, who signed a one-year $3.25 million deal with the Chiefs. The contract is laden with incentives, which could bring the value of it up to $12 million.
The Green Bay Packers could do a similar deal with Will Fuller. A low base salary with multiple incentive platforms would be mutually beneficial on a one-year deal. Fuller would get the chance to prove he can stay healthy and have the best quarterback in the NFL throw him the ball. He would likely meet many of those incentives, which would also mean the Packers win a good number of games, and perhaps a Super Bowl.
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