3 Ways the Green Bay Packers Can Fix Their Suddenly Abysmal Wide Receiver Situation

The Green Bay Packers have secured themselves some serious draft capital by trading away superstar receiver Devante Adams. The Packers are now facing a problem, though, in that Adams was the main piece of an otherwise underwhelming receiver room in 2021.

Now that he’s gone, the Packers have a severe talent deficiency at wide receiver, and that’s something they need to address ASAP

With that in mind, here’s a three-step plan to fix the depth chart at wideout.

The Green Bay Packers need to sign two wide receivers in free agency 

Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Green Bay Packers
Marquez Valdes-Scantling #83 of the Green Bay Packers completes a pass against the Seattle Seahawks during the first quarter at Lambeau Field | Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

It’s not “sexy” to bring your own players back in free agency but when you don’t have a ton to work with regarding the salary cap, sometimes that’s all you can do. That’s been the case for the Packers this off-season, as they started nearly $50 million over the salary cap. They’ve been able to get below the cap due to a number of really smart moves by general manager Brian Gutekunst and they were even able to re-sign key contributors like De’Vondre Campbell and Rasul Douglas.

There’s still work to do, though, especially at wide receiver.

The one free agent who hasn’t been able to come back yet is wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling. He’s been testing the market but has yet to sign anywhere else, which means the Packers do have an opportunity to bring him back and perhaps get him at a reasonable price. 

Frankly, it’s not a surprise that MVS isn’t necessarily a hot commodity. He does have an incredible blend of size and speed at 6-foot-4, 206 pounds, but he has had drop issues throughout his career, and he’s also injury prone.

From Green Bay’s perspective, though, MVS could end up being a steal because of his relationship with Aaron Rodgers and his familiarity with the scheme. When he’s on, he’s one of the best deep threats in the NFL. The Packers just need to hope that he can be on more than not.

Step one is to bring back MVS. Step 1B is to sign a veteran.

Julio Jones is still available and though he’s certainly not the player he used to be, even at 25% of his prime, he would be an intriguing option alongside Rodgers. 

The Packers have reportedly had talks with Jarvis Landry, who was released by the Browns as a cap move. A.J. Green would be an interesting fit as well, especially if he feels he has one more good season in him.

Whoever they decide onm the Packers need to give one of these players a call and get them in green and yellow ASAP.

The Packers need to explore the possibility of trading for a wide receiver

Keenan Allen
Keenan Allen #13 of the Los Angeles Chargers warms up prior to the game against the Baltimore Ravens | Rob Carr/Getty Images

The advantage of trading an elite player such as Adams away is that unless you’re terrible at your job, you usually get a pretty attractive compensation package back in return. No, the Packers didn’t get the massive haul that Russell Wilson or Deshaun Watson netted for their old teams, but Green Bay has to feel pretty good about getting a first- and second-round pick from the Las Vegas Raiders in return for their star wideout.

Now with five picks in the top 100 of the 2022 NFL Draft, the Packers have a ton of leverage to use when seeking out another receiver on the trade market.

One option would be Tyler Lockett of the Seattle Seahawks. 

The Seahawks are clearly in rebuild mode after trading away Wilson and Lockett can’t be all too excited about the prospect of catching passes from Drew Lock. Realistically, the Seahawks are looking at a single-digit-win season, especially in the rugged NFC West. Why not trade Lockett while he still has some value and use the draft picks as compensation to jump-start the rebuild?

Lockett is entering the eighth season of his career, but he’s still been very productive. He would immediately be Rodger’s favorite target and a huge part of Green Bay’s defense. He’s notched over 1,000 yards for three seasons in a row now despite being on a Seattle team that has been trending in the wrong direction.

If you’re to believe Peter Schrager of Good Morning Football, Los Angeles Chargers veteran wideout Keenan Allen could be another option for the Packers. Even at 29-years-old, he’s still one of the best wide receivers in the league. He’s coming off a season that saw him notch 1,138 yards and six touchdowns. Justin Herbert projects to be a great quarterback, but he’s not a four-time MVP just yet.

Just Imagine what Allen would be able to do with Rodgers.

Either way, the Packers certainly have the ammunition to pull off one of these trades, and they should seriously consider it.

The Packers need to take a wide receiver high in the 2022 NFL Draft

Jameson Williams, Green Bay Packers draft pick?
Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Jameson Williams (1) runs onto the field with his teammates prior to the CFP National Championship college football game | Joe Robbins/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

With two picks in the first round and two picks in the second round of the upcoming draft, Green Bay undoubtedly needs to use at least one of those to pick up the team’s potential next star wide receiver.

The good news for the Packers is that the top of the draft is absolutely loaded with wide receiver talent, meaning the Packers could sit tight at pick No. 22 (which they received from the Raiders) and still have their choice of a great bunch of talented wide receivers. Options who could fall there that still have No. 1 wideout potential include Chris Olave from Ohio State, Treylon Burks from Arkansas, or Jameson Williams from Alabama.

Again, considering Green Bay’s current stockpile of top 100 pics, the Packers could even be bold enough to package a few of those to trade up in the draft to select one of the players who appear to be a little bit more of a sure thing superstar.

Garrett Wilson out of Ohio State is talked about as the top wide receiver in this draft, and Drake London from USC can make a case as well.

Wilson caught 70 passes in 2021 for 1,058 yards and 12 Buckeye touchdowns.

London caught 88 passes for 1,084 yards and seven touchdowns for USC in 2021.

However they shake it out, at least one of the Packers’ top few picks needs to be a wide receiver, and it wouldn’t even be all that unadvisable to take two within the top 100. 

Green Bay has to find a way to replace Adams. The three-step plan laid out above would be a great way to start.

Stats courtesy of ESPN and Pro Football Reference. Contract information via Spotrac

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