The Green Bay Packers are finally adding to their reception room with the signing of the veteran Sammy Watkins.
It’s a one-year deal worth up to $4 million, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schifter.
The Packers have lost three of their best receivers this season, led by All Pro Davant Adams In trade with the Las Vegas Raiders. They also lost Marquis Valdes-Scantling (heads) and Equimus Saint Brown (Bears) in free agency.
They haven’t used a first-round pick on a receiver since 2002 (Javon Walker) but have two picks in each of the first two rounds after trading Adams, which puts them in a position to tackle that high point in the draft.
Packers coach Matt LaFleur coached Watkins with the Rams in 2017, and Packers receiving coach Jason Farabel was at Buffalo when the Bills drafted him for fourth overall in 2014.
Watkins, 28, has struggled with maintaining his health throughout his career.
He continued to struggle with injuries in his only season with the Baltimore Ravens in 2021, and finished with career lows in receptions (27) and yards (394).
He has missed 30 games over the past seven seasons, and hasn’t played a full season since the junior season in 2014.
He had two of Baltimore’s biggest moments of the season, netting winning scores against the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears, but Watkins had no goals—and only three—in his last four games as he was left behind. Marquis BrownAnd rashod pitman And Devin DuVernay on the depth chart.
In his eight-year career, Watkins made 348 receptions for 5,059 yards and received 34 touchdowns for the Phillies, Los Angeles Rams, Kansas City Chiefs and Ravens.
ESPN’s Jamison Hensley contributed to this report.
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