Packers sign former Chiefs star to fill wide receiver void

Davante Adams’ sell-off left a huge hole in wide receiver for the Packers, but Green Bay have found a veteran who can help fill the gap.

The 2022 off-season was a series of ups and downs for Green Bay Packers fans. On the plus side, Aaron Rodgers remains for the long haul. Unfortunately, without Davante Adams, he will step up as the team’s quarterback after a trade sent the star wide receiver to the Las Vegas Raiders.

While the front office’s decision to move Adams makes some sense, the roster was left with a glaring need for wide receivers afterwards. Most expect Green Bay to invest heavily in the position when the NFL draft rolls around in late April.

However, just a few weeks before Roger Goodell begins reading names on the podium, the Packers are not waiting for that opportunity. After meeting veteran wide receiver and former Chiefs star Sammy Watkins, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported 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 void

Watkins began his career with the Buffalo Bills in 2014 as Clemson’s first-round pick and early showed his amazing talent with 2,000 yards and 15 touchdowns in his first two seasons. Unfortunately, injuries began to limit him after that and overall production slipped.

That led to him joining the Rams for a season before spending three years with the Chiefs. Though he wasn’t the top option on Kansas City’s explosive offense, he was an undeniable factor — again, if he was healthy. Last year, he played 13 games for the Baltimore Ravens, hitting 27 of 49 goals for 394 yards and a lone touchdown.

Yes, Watkins is not the player he left college with. 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 sorely lack depth and quality. Bringing in a veteran like Watkins to pair with a likely rookie-laden or overall young receiving corps makes a lot of sense and comes at a low cost to them. Packers sign former Chiefs star to fill wide receiver void

John Verrall

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