The Green Bay Packers have had one helluva offseason.
And, somehow, one can argue they’ve come out on the other side as a better team.
Regardless, many decision were made during the offseason and each one played an integral role in shaping the team’s roster into what it is today.
But which decision looks to be the best at this point in the offseason? Fortunately, The Athletic‘s Matt Schneidman recently offered up his opinion on the matter:
“Maybe I’m a sucker for the moment, but hearing Aaron Rodgers and Packers coach Matt LaFleur talk about their excitement for using Sammy Watkins has me sold that he’ll be a contributor in this offense. He won’t be Davante Adams, of course, but he’s a low-risk, high-reward signing that should pay off for the Packers. If Watkins stays healthy and rediscovers the form he had the last time he was coached by LaFleur, the Packers might have found a diamond in the rough.”
There are multiple other moves that are more significant than the signing of Watkins
Let’s just take a look at the list (in no specific order):
- Re-signing LB De’Vondre Campbell, who had an All-Pro season in 2021
- The hiring of Tom Clements and Rich Bisaccia
- Re-signing Rasul Douglas
- Releasing Za’Darius Smith
- Trading Davante Adams
- Drafting Christian Watson
- Extending All-Pro CB Jaire Alexander
- Re-signing Robert Tonyan
- Extending Aaron Rodgers
- Extending Preston Smith
All of these moves can be considered better than signing Watkins. Rodgers’ extension, Adams’ trade, and Z. Smith’s release paved the way for the re-signing of Douglas, Campbell, and Tonyan and those moves also played a part in extending P. Smith.
The hiring of Clements makes Rodgers happy (that’s plenty enough) and the hiring of Bisaccia should overhaul one of 2021’s worst special teams units that played a massive role in Green Bay’s playoff loss to San Francisco.
It’s highly doubtful that Watkins is the team’s leading receiver in 2022. Hell, he may not even be in the top-3, despite what Rodgers and LaFleur say. Randall Cobb, Allen Lazard, Aaron Jones, and possibly even Christian Watson may finish with better numbers than Watkins by year’s end.
Don’t get me wrong: The Watkins signing could end up as the Packers’ best move of the offseason. But, right now, there are plenty of other moves that hold a lot more weight.
You can check out The Athletic’s full column, here.
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