Packers not planning to add veteran wide receiver, says Brian Gutekunst

Green Bay Packers, Brian Gutekunst (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Brian Gutekunst (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) /

Green Bay Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst said there is no plan to sign a veteran wide receiver currently.

Given the Green Bay Packers‘ uncertainty at wide receiver, many have wondered whether the team would look to sign a veteran at the position.

Until this week, seven-time Pro Bowler Julio Jones had been available. He has since signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst showed confidence in the wide receivers on the roster and said signing a veteran isn’t the plan.

“I don’t think, right now, we’re really looking to add anything,” Gutekunst said. “I really like the group we have. I want to give those guys the opportunity to see what they can do.”

Outside of Odell Beckham, there aren’t many free-agent wide receivers guaranteed to improve the Packers’ offense.

By signing another receiver, it would leave one fewer spot on the roster. The wide receiver room is already crowded with Allen Lazard, Sammy Watkins, Randall Cobb, Christian Watson, Romeo Doubs, Amari Rodgers, and Samori Toure all potentially set to make the 53-man roster.

Beckham would make sense later in the year once he is ready to return from a torn ACL.

In the meantime, the Packers don’t have much choice but to trust their current group to deliver.

While there is uncertainty, this group does have a lot of potential.

Lazard has been a reliable receiver in Green Bay and could take another step in a featured role. If he can stay healthy, Watkins can help this offense.

The Packers also invested three draft picks at the position. Watson is the Packers’ highest wide receiver draft pick in two decades.

Things can change but, for now, Green Bay’s plan seems to be to stick with the wide receivers currently on the roster.