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Davante Adams swapped away leaving the Packers with a massive hole on wide receiver, but Green Bay have found a veteran who can help fill the void.
The 2022 offseason season has been a series of ups and downs for Green Bay Packers fans. On the bright side, Aaron Rodgers sticks to the long run. Unfortunately, he will advance as the team’s quarterback without Davante Adams after a barter sent the star receiver to the Las Vegas Raiders.
While the decision by the front office to move Adams makes some sense, the list was left with an obvious need for wide receiver thereafter. Most assume Green Bay is set to invest heavily in the position by the end of April and the NFL draft rolls around.
Just a few weeks before Roger Goodell starts reading names on the podium, however, the Packers are not waiting for that opportunity. After meeting veteran wide receiver and former Chiefs standout Sammy Watkins, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the club had signed him to a one-year deal worth up to $ 4 million.
Packers News: Sammy Watkins signing helps but still leaves a gap
Watkins began his career with the Buffalo Bills as a first-round pick from Clemson in 2014 and early on showed his amazing talent with over 2,000 yards and 15 touchdowns over his first two seasons. Unfortunately, injuries began to limit him thereafter, and total production slipped.
That led to him moving to the Rams for a season before spending three years with the Chiefs. Although he was not the best option in the explosive Kansas City attack, he was an undeniable factor – again, when he was healthy. Last year, he played 13 games for the Baltimore Ravens, catching 27 of 49 goals on 394 yards and a single touchdown.
Yes, Watkins is not the player he got out of college. Age and injuries have changed what he brings to the table. Therefore, he will in no way be a replacement for Adams.
At the same time, the Packers are sorely lacking in depth and quality. Picking up a veteran like Watkins to mate with a likely novice-laden or generally young receiving corps makes a lot of sense and comes to them at little cost.