3 Wide Receivers the Packers Must Target With Cap Space From Aaron Rodgers Extension
The Green Bay Packers confirmed that they were gearing up for a championship run when they signed star quarterback Aaron Rodgers to a four-year, $200 million extension last week. After the deal, Green Bay went from $21.6 million over the cap to $3.4 million, as per Spotrac.
Having said that, their roster is far from complete. Davante Adams — who was franchise-tagged and waiting for a long-term extension — is the Packers' only legitimate wideout under contract. Randall Cobb still has a year remaining on his deal, but his best playing days are far behind him.
In other words, the Packers must use their newly created cap space from the Rodgers extension to flesh out their wide receiver room. If they can add a couple of decent names, a Super Bowl LVII run could be on the horizon.
Here's a look at three wide receivers that the Packers must sign with their newfound cap space.
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1. Allen Robinson
It's no secret that Allen Robinson's performance in 2021 was one of the worst outputs of his career. He finished with 38 receptions for 410 yards and a touchdown in 12 games, leaving some wondering if his best days are behind him. Having said that, the Chicago Bears' offense in general was mediocre and Robinson was dealing with a hamstring injury throughout the year. A cheap "prove it" contract with a contender like the Packers could be enough to get his career back on track. Rodgers would easily be the best quarterback that Robinson has ever played with — especially as he comes off his fourth MVP campaign. Financially, Robinson would likely have to take a discount, and Green Bay would still have to clear a lot of space to make this a possibility. But it's still a possibility.
2. Emmanuel Sanders
Emmanuel Sanders was solid in a WR2 role with the Buffalo Bills last season, finishing with 42 receptions, 626 receiving yards and four TDs in 14 games. It isn't hard to imagine him having similar success alongside Rodgers and Adams. With Sanders turning 35 years old this week, he doesn't have a huge window to win a second Super Bowl ring. Playing with the Packers would give him that opportunity while providing the team with a veteran wideout who can still contribute, at least more so than Cobb. Sanders had more receiving yards than any Green Bay WR who isn't Adams, so it's easy to see how he's an attractive option for the Packers.
3. JuJu Smith-Schuster
Injury issues held JuJu Smith-Schuster to just five games played, where he recorded 15 receptions for 129 yards without a touchdown. Had he played all 17 games, he was on pace for the lowest output of his career with 51 receptions and 439 yards. Nevertheless, Smith-Schuster is only 25 years old and has all the talent in the world to get back to where he was a few seasons ago. He'd have an easier time proving himself to the league by spending at least a year with the Packers. Green Bay can likely get Smith-Schuster on a cheaper deal after a few down seasons, making it a low-risk, high-reward deal.
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