It’s no secret that the Green Bay Packers need to add several wide receivers this offseason, especially after trading Davante Adams. Many expect the Packers to draught a wide receiver with one of their two first-round picks, but Green Bay is also active in free agency. The team announced the agreement on Thursday but did not disclose the terms. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Watkins’ contract is for one year and is worth up to $4 million.
He had two of the season’s biggest catches for Baltimore, setting up winning touchdowns against the Detroit Lions and the Chicago Bears. Still, on the depth chart, Watkins had no catches and only three targets in his final four games, falling behind Marquise Brown, Rashod Bateman, and Devin Duvernay.
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The Packers announced the signing of former No. 4 overall pick wide receiver Sammy Watkins on Thursday. According to ESPN, the contract is for one year and four million dollars. Watkins played 13 games for the Baltimore Ravens in 2021, catching 27 passes for 394 yards and one touchdown. While he has eight NFL seasons under his belt, Watkins is only 28 years old and still possesses the type of speed on the outside that Aaron Rodgers could benefit from.
They haven’t used a first-round pick on a receiver since 2002 (Javon Walker), but they have two picks in the first two rounds this year. Rounds following the Adams trade, putting them in a position to address that position early in the draught. Watkins made an immediate impact after being drafted by the Buffalo Bills in 2014, catching 65 passes for 982 yards and six touchdowns in his rookie season.
Watkins’ second season would be his best, as he caught 60 passes for a career-high 1,047 yards and nine touchdowns in just 13 games. Watkins was traded to the Los Angeles Rams in 2017 and played one season there before joining the Kansas City Chiefs.
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Packers head coach Matt LaFleur coached Watkins with the Rams in 2017, and Packers receivers coach Jason Vrable was in Buffalo. In 2014, the Bills selected him fourth overall. This offseason, the Packers had already lost three of their top receivers before adding Watkins. Davante Adams, an All-Pro wide receiver, was traded to the Las Vegas Raiders last month, while Marquez Valdes-Scantling (Chiefs) and Equanimeous St. Brown (Chicago Bears) left in free agency.
Green Bay hadn’t used a first-round pick on a receiver since 2002 when it took Javon Walker. Following the Adams trade, the Packers now have two picks in each of the first two rounds of this year’s draft, putting them in a position to select a pass-catcher.