Packers Part Ways With Veteran Receiver After Week 15

Tyler Maher
The Green Bay Packers are moving on from a veteran wide receiver.
The Green Bay Packers are moving on from a veteran wide receiver. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

After trading Davante Adams to the Las Vegas Raiders last offseason, the Green Bay Packers have tried several different options to replace him in the receiving corps. They drafted rookies (Christian Watson and Romeo Doubs), kept around old favorites (Randall Cobb) and brought in veterans (Sammy Watkins), all to mixed results.

On Monday, the Packers announced that they were moving on from one of those players.

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Green Bay announced on Monday that it's releasing wide receiver Sammy Watkins ahead of the team's Monday Night Football game against the Los Angeles Rams.

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The move isn't surprising, as Watkins has seen his role diminish in recent weeks. He started the season strong with multiple catches in his first three games but disappeared lately with the emergence of Christian Watson, seeing just 2 targets total over his last three games combined.

The Packers are now the latest team that hasn't worked out for Watkins, who's already suited up for five different teams in his nine-year career. While coaches are often intrigued by his speed, it's been years since his potential produced meaningful results.

It remains to be seen if another team will scoop Watkins up for the stretch run, especially with the playoffs approaching next month. The Packers no longer had a use for him, but perhaps somebody else will.