4 Packers we already know will (probably) be gone in 2023

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2. Sammy Watkins

Sammy Watkins signed a one-year deal with the Packers this offseason. He brings experience to a wide receiver corps that has lost Davante Adams, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, and Equanimeous St. Brown.

But it may only be a one-year stay in Green Bay.

Watkins has struggled to stay healthy in his NFL career, only playing a full season once, back in his rookie year in 2014. He played in the Packers’ opening two games this season but has since landed on injured reserve due to a hamstring injury, ruling him out of at least four games.

In the meantime, rookie Romeo Doubs has seen an increased role, and he has made the most of it. In the past two games, Doubs has caught 13 of 16 targets for 120 yards and two touchdowns, starting both contests.

Watkins could still become a major part of the Packers’ offense when he returns from injury, but where does he fit into the 2023 plans?

Green Bay needs to pay free-agent-to-be Allen Lazard. Doubs and Christian Watson will be entering year two in 2023.

Watkins will be a free agent. Will the Packers re-sign him to be the WR4 next year? Possibly. But at this stage, it doesn’t seem all that likely.