Before then-free agent wide receiver Robby Anderson signed a two-year deal with the Carolina Panthers, the Green Bay Packers emerged as a suitor to snatch the former New York Jets wideout, per ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, but backed out when the price point was too high for the NFC North franchise.
Funchess, 25, coincidentally a former member of the Carolina Panthers, instead agreed to terms with the receiver-hungry Packers, inking a one-year, $2.5 million contract with Green Bay. Anderson, 26, instead signed a two-year, $20 million with the Panthers, reportedly an average annual value less than he desired in free agency.
Before moving to the Packers, Anderson joined the Jets as an undrafted free agent out of Temple in the class of 2016, jumping onto the scene the next season with his 63-catch campaign that produced over 900 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. Anderson is one of the preeminent long-ball options as a receiver in the NFL and joins forces with a revamped Panthers team coached by former Baylor University head coach Matt Rhule and now quarterbacked by ex-New Orleans Saints backup signal-caller Teddy Bridgewater, who also agreed to a deal as a free agent this spring.
According to Fowler, the Packers are still on the prowl for another option at wide receiver to join Funchess and No. 1 target Davante Adams. One receiver was veteran Emmanuel Sanders, who was traded from his longtime Denver Broncos to the San Francisco 49ers midseason in 2019. Sanders instead signed a two-year, $16 million deal with Bridgewater’s former team, the NFC South powerhouse Saints.
The Packers will rarely get a pass from criticism about not loading future Hall of Fame quarterback Aaron Rodgers with better-than-decent options at wide receiver, though.
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