Devin Funchess signed with the Green Bay Packers in free agency ahead of the 2020 season and he opted out of his first year in Green Bay due to COVID-19. After sitting out for a season, Funchess is taking a pay cut to remain with the Packers in 2021, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
A couple of players reworked their deals to stick for 2021:
— #Bills C Mitch Morse cut his salary by nearly $2M to stay in Buffalo, source said.
— #Packers WR Devin Funchess took a roughly $750K paycut to stick in Green Bay after opting out last year, source said.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 9, 2021
When Funchess signed with the Packers last offseason, the veteran wideout signed a one-year, $2.5 million deal. But with Funchess opting out, his one-year deal was pushed to 2021, where he will now make $1.75 million in the upcoming season.
Green Bay could use all the help they can get at wide receiver after they relied on Davante Adams heavily in the passing game for the third consecutive season. The last time that Funchess was on the field, he suffered a shoulder injury with the Indianapolis Colts that forced him to miss 15 games in 2019.
Given that, he's now had two years to recover from his injury as he enters his sixth season in the league. Funchess had his best season with the Carolina Panthers in 2017 when he tallied 63 receptions for 840 yards and eight touchdowns.
Despite the return of Funchess, the Packers should still be in the market to add a wide receiver, whether it be through free agency or in the draft. Relying on Allen Lazard and Marquez Valdes-Scantling to be the main complementary options to Adams doesn't seem like a wise idea in 2021. At the least, with Funchess expecting to make his debut with the Packers next season, he'll be accepting less money to remain with the team.