After trading Davante Adams and losing Marquez Valdes-Scantling in free agency, the Packers needed to add a veteran wide receiver.
The Philadelphia Eagles traded for A.J. Brown. The Cleveland Browns traded for Amari Cooper. The Miami Dolphins traded for Tyreek Hill.
Green Bay signed Sammy Watkins in free agency.
And to say it didn’t work out would be an understatement. Watkins didn’t even complete the full season. The Packers released the former first-rounder in December, having only played in nine games.
He ended up returning to the Baltimore Ravens, where he played in the team’s final three regular season games and in their playoff matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals.
Watkins’ best performance was a three-catch, 93-yard game against the Chicago Bears in Week 3. But outside of that game, Watkins offered little on offense.
In the other six games he played, Watkins made a total of 10 catches for 113 yards and no touchdowns. His snaps on offense were reduced as the season went on, and he had no catches in his final two games for the Packers.
With three rookie receivers on the roster, the hope was for Watkins to become a reliable go-to target for Aaron Rodgers, taking the pressure off the younger players.
Unfortunately, it didn’t work out.