The Green Bay Packers came into this offseason desperately needing another receiver opposite three-time Pro Bowler Davante Adams. They may have found their guy as per Tom Pelissero, the Packers are expected former Carolina Panthers and Indianapolis Colts wideout, Devin Funchess.
Details about the length and monetary value of the reported deal are currently unknown but seeing as Funchess missed all but one game last year due to injury, his reduced value may have led to a savvy signing.
Regardless, the former Michigan star is a big-bodied receiver that will compliment Adams well and give quarterback Aaron Rodgers a much-need secondary weapon.
Last season, the Packers relied heavily on Adams, who despite playing just 12 games, led the team in receiving by over 500 yards. Other than Adams, a combination of Allen Lazard, Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Geronimo Allison served as the team’s other pass-catchers.
Seeing as none of the three eclipsed 477 yards or three touchdowns, another wide receiver was a top priority in Green Bay.
As for Funchess, the 6-foot-4, 225-pound receiver had his best year in 2017 when he recorded 63 catches for 840 yards and eight touchdowns for Carolina. If the Packers can get similar production out of the former second-round pick, it’ll greatly help a Green Bay passing offense that ranked in the bottom half of the league last season.
With Allison’s return to Green Bay as a free agent still a question yet to be answered and the team’s recent release of former Pro-Bowl tight end Jimmy Graham, Funchess could give the Packers a low risk, high reward option at receiver.