Packers: 5 biggest 2022 draft needs based on season so far

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Green Bay Packers, Davante Adams
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1. Wide receiver

Randall Cobb and Amari Rodgers are the only Packers wide receivers currently under contract in 2022.

Davante Adams, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Allen Lazard, Equanimeous St. Brown, and Malik Taylor are all set to hit free agency.

The Packers will likely bring back at least one or two — Lazard and EQ are restricted free agents, Taylor an exclusive-rights free agent. But re-signing all of them will be close to impossible.

There’s no guarantee Cobb will be part of the team’s plans in 2022, either, especially if Aaron Rodgers gets traded away. Cobb’s cap hit next season is $9.64 million, according to Spotrac, while the team would save almost $7 million by releasing him.

Where Adams signs will be one of the stories of the offseason, along with whether Rodgers returns to Green Bay or is traded elsewhere. It’s not out of the question these two stories could be linked. If Rodgers returns, maybe Adams will, too. We’ll see.

Even in a best-case scenario where Adams is re-signed, it would then be difficult to also pay MVS.

There will be change at wide receiver next offseason, of that there is little doubt. How big of a need it is will depend on whether Adams is back and how many receivers the Packers lose in free agency.

It might soon be time to finally go for a receiver in the opening two rounds.