If your watched more than 15 minutes of Green Bay Packers football this year, one thing should have been obvious: they need help at wide receiver.
If the current receiver group were a band, they’d probably be called “Davante Adams and the Meh Men.” Adams is probably a top-five receiver in the league while everyone beyond him is either a late round pick or an undrafted free agent.
What that means is an infusion of talent is badly needed and despite a very deep rookie class, it will likely take more than just the draft to fully improve the receiver room.
Free agency gets underway in roughly a month and that will present Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst his first opportunity to address the situation.
While it’s unlikely Green Bay could target and afford Amari Cooper should the Dallas Cowboys not re-sign him, there are plenty of potential value signings available that the Packers could do and then supplement that with young talent in the draft.
You’ll read about a couple options in today’s curds including the potential availability of an old friend, but one name that could be intriguing is A.J. Green. He will turn 32 before the regular season starts but with the draft class being so strong, he could be an intriguing stop gap option for the Packers and not as expensive although his recent injury history could raise some red flags.
The name Sharpe has illustrious history in Green Bay and this version also has some history with head coach Matt LaFleur. He’s not an elite talent but he would provide some veteran depth while allowing the Packers to address needs elsewhere.
While Randall Cobb was present at Mike McCarthy’s introductory press conference in Dallas, he may not be on the field when he holds his first offseason workout. Cobb would bring immense comfort and trust from Aaron Rodgers and his late season performance shows Cobb still has some fuel left in the tank.
Adrian Amos was a clear upgrade over Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (despite Gregg Gabriel’s insistance otherwise) and Darnell Savage showed promise but work remains to be done at safety for Green Bay.
“Keep it simple, stupid” works in a lot of areas including the football field. The play that made the Lombardi offense go was not that hard to install. Sometimes basics lead to greatness.
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