The Green Bay Packers‘ biggest weakness entering the 2022 season is probably their wide receiver group.
Green Bay has some decent depth at the position, but they don’t have a proven No. 1 wide receiver after trading Davante Adams to the Las Vegas Raiders earlier this offseason.
Unfortunately for the Packers, the only way to land a true No. 1 wide receiver at this point in the offseason would be via trade. And that seems unlikely to happen.
There’s a former No. 1 wide receiver, however, that’s available in free agency.
And the Athletic’s Matt Schneidman, who covers the Packers, thinks the former No. 1 wide receiver will be suiting up for Green Bay in 2022.
Schneidman predicted this week that the Packers will sign seven-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Julio Jones this summer.
“The Schneidman crystal ball says he’ll (Packers GM Brian Gutekunst) sign Julio Jones,” wrote Schneidman in response to a mailbag question about free agents.
Jones, who turned 33 this past February, is one of the best wide receivers of all time. But he hasn’t performed at a high level since 2019. That was also the last time Jones played at least 15 games in a season.
Over the last two years, Jones has missed 14 games. In 2021, Jones caught just 31 passes for 434 yards and one touchdown (while playing 10 games) during his lone season with the Tennessee Titans.
Tennessee released Jones earlier this offseason to clear salary-cap space.
I think taking a flier on Jones would be a great move by the Packers. He’s not going to receive a mega-contract. Instead, Jones is probably looking at a one-year deal to try to reestablish his value. I can’t think of a better scenario for Jones than spending a year with Aaron Rodgers. If Jones can stay healthy, he could easily top 1,000 receiving yards while playing with Rodgers.
Sometimes there are scenarios that make a ridiculous amount of sense. This is one of those scenarios.
Signing Jones would be a low-risk/high-reward move for Green Bay. They should make this signing happen before another team swoops in and signs Jones to a team-friendly deal.
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