5 players the Packers were right to move on from in 2022

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Green Bay Packers, Marquez Valdes-Scantling
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Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR

Marquez Valdes-Scantling became a key part of Matt LaFleur’s offense and the Packers will miss him this season. The reason it was the right call to move on is due to the contract he signed with the Kansas City Chiefs.

According to Spotrac, the Chiefs gave MVS a three-year deal worth $30 million. His cap hit this season is low, at $4.89 million. However, it jumps up to $11 million in 2023 and $14 million in 2024.

The Chiefs will be able to get out of the deal in 2024 with a low dead-cap hit, but this is still a big contract.

It’s easy to see what Valdes-Scantling brings to an offense. His game-changing speed makes him one of the league’s top deep threats. Two years ago, MVS led the league in yards per reception.

He earned Aaron Rodgers’ trust.

After struggling with drops in his first three seasons, he made zero in 2021, according to Pro Football Reference.

MVS might not be a possession receiver who can take on a lot of targets, but his deep-threat ability makes him valuable to any offense.

However, while they will miss him, the Packers were right not to match the Chiefs’ offer. Instead, the Packers added speedy receivers Christian Watson and Romeo Doubs in the draft. While it may take time to build chemistry with Rodgers, both receivers can hurt defenses deep.