The story of the Packers’ off-season has been cap space and the wide receiver position. The Packers traded Davante Adams to Las Vegas in March and had not made a move to add a wideout. However, the Packers were linked to veteran wide receiver Sammy Watkins and hosted him for a visit today. The Packers are officially signing the former first-rounder to a one-year deal worth up to four million dollars.
— NFL (@NFL) April 14, 2022
Why Sammy Watkins?
Watkins spent last year on the Ravens and was with the Chiefs prior to that. Watkins has not had a 1,000-yard season since his second season in the league. Last year he recorded just under 400 yards in 13 games. This wasn’t a move for a WR1. Brian Gutekunst has a track record of pairing veteran talent with early draft picks. He signed Tramon Williams and Davon House then drafted Jaire Alexander. He signed the Smith Brothers then drafted Gary. Most recently, he drafted Darnell Savage after signing Adrian Amos. Signing Watkins provides another veteran presence in the room, and a formidable pass catcher. Watkins can be a contributor on the team and another mentor to whoever the Packers selected in the draft. Similar to De’Vondre Campbell, Watkins has a lot to prove, and presumably, his contract will be incentive-based.
Aaron Rodgers will need as many weapons as possible this year with the departure of Adams. Watkins can be a solid number three or four option at wide receiver.
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