Green Bay Packers Sign WR

The Green Bay Packers are signing wide receiver Sammy Watkins to a 1-year deal, Jordan Schultz reports. The deal is worth up to $4 million.

The market for Watkins remained quiet throughout the first month of free agency, however following a visit to Green Bay on Wednesday, he's found a home. After trading superstar WR Davante Adams and losing Marquez Valdez-Scantling to free agency,  it's become apparent the Packers are doing everything they can to re-tool their receiving core around quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who signed a 3-year extension with the team last month. 

Watkins saw some regression last season in Baltimore, managing just 27 receptions for 394 yards and 1 touchdown in 13 games. Now entering his 9th season, he will likely see an uptick in usage playing with the pass-heavy Rodgers' as opposed to Lamar Jackson last year.

With this signing, Green Bay's current receiving core now consists of Allen Lazard, Randall Cobb and Watkins, a clear downgrade from last season. With two picks in each of the first two rounds in this year's draft, reports have circulated discussing the Packers spending a pick on a receiver, with the likes of North Dakota's Christian Watson or even Ohio State's Chris Olave possibly being available at the end of the first round.

For Watkins, the Packers will be hopeful they can tap into some of the potential he has shown throughout his career. After being drafted 4th overall back in 2014, Watkins started off with a bang, grabbing 65 receptions and almost 1,000 receiving yards in his rookie year, however he has yet to reach those milestones since. Now, partly due to injuries and being lower on depth charts. If he can find a connection with Rodgers early, there is definitely potential for him to become the go-to guy in their offense.

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