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Packers’ Devin Funchess opts out of the 2020 NFL season

Devin Funchess, Packers

Wide receiver Devin Funchess of the Green Bay Packers has opted out of the 2020 NFL season due to concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic.

Of course, with COVID-19 causing concern for certain players, some of them are choosing to sit out the upcoming season. Some players have families and children that they would rather not put at risk. On the other hand, some players have underlying health issues that could worsen if they put themselves at risk.

While it remains to be seen why Funchess opted out, hopefully fans can respect his decision to do so. At the same time, Funchess’ decision could prompt Green Bay to target a wide receiver in free agency or via trade.

After the 2019 season concluded, many fans believed the Packers would address the wide receiver position thoroughly in free agency and the 2020 NFL Draft. Besides Davante Adams, Green Bay lacked firepower at the wide receiver position a season ago.

Contrary to what fans thought would take place, Funchess would be the only addition the Packers would make at wide receiver this offseason. Therefore, with Funchess opting out in 2020, Allen Lazard should have a clearer path to the No. 2 spot on Green Bay’s depth chart in training camp.

Even with Funchess deciding to skip the upcoming campaign, the Packers were going to be fielding a questionable receiving corps. But with the former second-round pick not joining the team, that leaves Green Bay in an even worse spot on offense. As a result, the Packers could find themselves diving back into free agency, making them a possible landing spot for Taylor Gabriel or another veteran.