Packers hosting free-agent wide receiver Sammy Watkins

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The Green Bay Packers could soon make a move at wide receiver.

According to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, the Packers are hosting free-agent receiver Sammy Watkins for a visit.

Garafolo noted that, as of yet, there is no deal agreed.

Watkins, the fourth overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, would be an affordable addition for the Packers, who are looking for help at wide receiver after losing Davante Adams, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, and Equanimeous St. Brown.

Watkins has spent time with the Buffalo Bills, Los Angeles Rams, Kansas City Chiefs, and Baltimore Ravens. He was a Super Bowl champion with the Chiefs in the 2019 season.

While Watkins would give the Packers a veteran wide receiver with plenty of experience, he would be a solid number three option in the passing game and likely not much more than that.

Watkins thrived in that role with the Chiefs, giving quarterback Patrick Mahomes another reliable target behind Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill.

But that doesn’t mean he wouldn’t be a good addition to Green Bay’s offense.

Watkins has 5,059 receiving yards and 34 touchdowns in his career. He has played in seven playoff games including a Super Bowl victory. He knows what it takes to make plays on the biggest stage. Watkins made five catches for 98 yards in the Chiefs’ Super Bowl win over the San Francisco 49ers.

The Packers need to address the wide receiver position multiple times this offseason.

While we should expect them to draft at least one receiver, possibly multiple, including in the early rounds, that shouldn’t be all they do. Some rookie wide receivers like Ja’Marr Chase and Justin Jefferson become star players immediately, but for others it takes time. Just ask Davante Adams.

Adding a veteran who can provide some reliable play at the position isn’t a bad idea. In Watkins, the Packers could be getting that.