Devin Funchess’ Packers contract detail revealed
Now, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network has the details of the deal.
My understanding it’s a one-year, $2.5 million deal for Devin Funchess with the #Packers — $1M signing bonus, $1.2M base salary, $50K workout bonus and $15,625 for each game active. Another $3.75M available in incentives, so max is $6.25M. https://t.co/r8Ghgpc2Ty
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 28, 2020
Funchess is a welcome addition to the Packers. They have needed to get quarterback Aaron Rodgers more weapons outside of superstar wide receiver Davante Adams for a long time.
Funchess might not be a star, but he’s a solid and reliable option, having put together back-to-back strong campaigns in 2017 and 2018 before an injury forced him off the field save for just one game in 2019.
Due to that injury, it’s unsurprising that the Packers are only giving the wide receiver a one-year deal. It does provide a chance for Funchess to prove himself. This also explains why it is so incentive heavy. The fact that it’s a $2.5 million contract that can jump up to $6.25 million is pretty telling on the “prove it” front.
Clearly, Green Bay wants to make sure they are protected, especially if Funchess goes down with another injury. But all that incentive money also makes it look like they believe he could be extremely valuable if he stays healthy.
2017 was the best season of Funchess’ career. That year, he racked up career-highs in receptions (63), yards (840) and touchdowns (8). Pairing him with Rodgers and Adams could lead to the receiver finding that magic again, or maybe even surpassing it.
This could prove to be a very important year in Funchess’ career. If he succeeds and meshes well with the Packers, it could lead to a notable extension. However, if he falls short with Rodgers as his quarterback, his image around the league could take a further blow.
For now though, this seems like a perfect pairing. Rodgers needed more weapons, Adams needed someone to take the eyes off him a little bit and Funchess needed a change of scenery. They all get what they needed most.