CBS Sports threw some major shade this past week at one of the Green Bay Packers‘ key free-agent additions.
Patrik Walker, an NFL writer for CBS Sports, named the most overvalued player on each NFC team and he went with wide receiver Sammy Watkins for the Packers.
Watkins signed a one-year deal worth $4 million earlier this offseason.
Here’s what Walker had to say about Watkins:
It feels like it was just yesterday when the Cowboys released Dez Bryant and attempted to replace him by setting the market with Sammy Watkins, but the latter instead veered to the Chiefs and has remained inconsistent since. He now takes his talent to the Packers, but while Watkins does have value as a rotational talent, if Green Bay thinks he’s going to replace the loss of Davante Adams via trade to the Raiders — having grabbed only one touchdown in 13 starts last season with the Ravens — they’re sadly mistaken. That will take a group effort, but Watkins is still seeing his name placed on lists of highly coveted free agents (as was the case again in 2022), but there’s a solid chance he’ll again find himself there next spring.
This is just absurd. If anything, Watkins is an incredible value at just $4 million this season.
No one in Green Bay is expecting Watkins to “replace” Davante Adams. He was simply signed to bolster the Packers’ wide receiver room. He’s a veteran with a lot of experience who should fit in with the Packers seamlessly.
By the way, while Watkins has had mostly mediocre seasons since 2015 (his lone season with over 1,000 receiving yards), it should be noted that he hasn’t played with Aaron Rodgers before. Sure, he played with Patrick Mahomes in Kansas City for a couple of years, but he was playing behind Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, and Mecole Hardman. He also battled injuries, which impacted his numbers.
If Watkins would’ve played full seasons with the Chiefs, he likely would’ve averaged around 800 yards a season. If the Packers get that kind of production this season from Watkins for $4 million, it’s a major win for Green Bay.
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