The Green Bay Packers have finally added to their studio by signing veteran Sammy Watkins.
It’s a one-year deal worth up to $4 million, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The Packers have lost their top three receivers this season, led by All Pro Davante Adams in the trade with the Las Vegas Raiders. They also lost Marquez Valdes-Scantling (Chiefs) and Equanimeous St. Brown (Bears) in freelance agency.
The Packers’ remaining top recipients are Allen Lazard, Randall Cobb and Amari Rodgers.
They haven’t used first pick on recipients since 2002 (Javon Walker) but have two picks in each of the first two rounds after Adams’ trade, putting them in a position to tackle the high it’s in the draft.
Packers head coach Matt LaFleur coached Watkins with the Rams in 2017, and Packers’ coach Jason Vrable was in Buffalo when the Bills drafted him fourth overall in 2014.
Watkins has struggled to stay healthy throughout his career.
He continued to struggle with injury during his only season with the Baltimore Ravens in 2021, ending with career lows in visits (27) and pitches (394).
He’s missed 30 games over the past seven seasons, and he hasn’t played a full season since the 2014 rookie season.
He’s made two of the biggest catches of the season for Baltimore, setting wins over the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears, but Watkins has had no catches – and only three goals – in four games his final as he fell behind Marquise Brown, Rashod Bateman and Devin Duvernay on the depth chart.
In his eight-year career, Watkins, who turns 29 on June 14, has made a total of 348 touchdowns for 5,059 yards received and 34 touchdowns for the Bills, Los Angeles Rams, Kansas City Chiefs and Ravens .
ESPN’s Jamison Hensley contributed to this report.
https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/33738278/green-bay-packers-signing-sammy-watkins-one-year-4m-source-says Green Bay Packers signs Sammy Watkins 1-year contract, up to $4 million