Packers reportedly have interest in Sammy Watkins, Allen Robinson
The Green Bay Packers took a sizeable step back in the 2017 campaign, missing the playoffs for the first time in nine years. Much of this was due to former league MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers being out of the mix for a significant bulk of the season due to a fractured collarbone.
The Packers in the position to retool the roster to better fit around their star quarterback with more offensive weapons. They are rumored to have significant interest in adding a couple of the top wide receivers from this year’s crop of free agents in Sammy Watkins and Allen Robinson, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. (h/t Chris Wesseling of NFL.com)
If the Rams allow Sammy Watkins to reach the open market, the Packers will have interest, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Monday’s edition of Free Agency Frenzy. In fact, Rapoport listed the Pack first among suitors, followed by the Bears, Chiefs, and Jaguars.
As if the surfacing of Watkins’ name isn’t enough to generate excitement in Wisconsin, Rapoport also pointed to Jaguars deep threat Allen Robinson as a potential target.
Green Bay’s interest in adding another wide receiver to the mix is intriguing given that the team only has $17.1 million in salary cap space this offseason. It would likely require them to part ways with one of their current wide receivers in Randall Cobb or Jordy Nelson.
The 32-year-old Nelson is scheduled to enter the final year of his four-year, $39 million deal that will pay him $12.5 million in 2018, which holds a $2.3 million cap hit if waived this offseason.
Meanwhile, Cobb is also set to play in the final year of his four-year, $40 million deal that will pay him $12.7 million in base salary and bonuses; he has $3.2 million salary cap hit for the 2018 season. This could also lead to the front office parting ways with additional players to free up more cap space to make way for Watkins or Robinson if they want to join the mix.
If anything, this at least signals that the Packers are making a concerted effort to provide Rodgers with more offensive talent in 2018.