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3 Cheap Free Agents Who Could Still Make a Big Impact on the Packers in 2020

Max Staley
Aaron Rodgers' Green Bay Packers could still use some upgrades.
Aaron Rodgers' Green Bay Packers could still use some upgrades. / Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images
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Coming off a 13-3 season and an appearance in the NFC Championship Game, there isn't as much optimism surrounding the Green Bay Packers as one might expect. Green Bay currently has worse odds to win the NFC North (+175) than the Minnesota Vikings (+165), and the Packers only boast the NFC's seventh-best odds to win the Super Bowl (+2500), according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Despite boasting an all-time talent at quarterback and a stout defense, there are some legitimate holes on this roster. And the front office didn't exactly do the best job addressing those concerns in the offseason. But help could be on the way.

Let's take a look at three cheap free agents that could immediately bolster the Packers roster.

1. Delanie Walker, TE

Delanie Walker could help this Packers team out, if healthy.
Delanie Walker could help this Packers team out, if healthy. / Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

It feels like the Packers have been trying to find a reliable tight end for years. Jermichael Finley, Martellus Bennett, Jimmy Graham and Jared Cook have all come and gone over the past decade. Signing the 35-year-old Delanie Walker would by no means provide a long-term answer, but he has upside if healthy. Walker still excelled the last time he played a full season (2017), receiving a 77.8 grade from Pro Football Focus. He could be a cheap insurance policy for second-year TE Jace Sternberger, and he could contribute in a platoon role.

2. Paul Richardson, WR

Paul Richardson could help Green Bay if he's healthy.
Paul Richardson could help Green Bay if he's healthy. / Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images

When Green Bay was on the clock in the 2020 Draft, the entire NFL world thought they would be adding a receiver. The team desperately needed a legitimate threat opposite of Davante Adams, as outside of the three-time Pro Bowler, no Packers' wideout reached even 500 receiving yards in 2020. Famously, however, Green Bay didn't use a single pick on a rookie receiver. They added Devin Funchess in free agency, but he's not exactly a surefire bet to contribute. Paul Richardson isn't either, but he can be dynamic when he's right. He has legitimately dangerous speed, averaging at least 13.0 yards per reception in three of the past four seasons.

3. Taylor Gabriel, WR

Taylor Gabriel could help the Green Bay Packers.
Taylor Gabriel could help the Green Bay Packers. / David Banks/Getty Images

In keeping with the skill-position theme, Taylor Gabriel could really contribute in Green Bay. Like Richardson, Gabriel is best used as a downfield threat. The 5-foot-7 speedster has recorded two seasons that saw him average at least 16.0 yards per reception. He's had back-to-back seasons with an average depth of target (aDOT) of at least 11.5, and he'd be able to do some damage downfield catching passes from Aaron Rodgers.


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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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