The 7 best (and 3 worst) Packers signings under Brian Gutekunst

Where has Brian Gutekunst hit home runs in free agency, and which decisions did he get wrong?

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Worst: Sammy Watkins

In the 2022 offseason, the Packers surprisingly traded Davante Adams and didn't re-sign free-agent Marquez Valdes-Scantling despite signing Aaron Rodgers to a new multi-year deal. Two of the Packers' top three receivers were now gone.

Turning to the draft was a must, which Gutekunst did by selecting Christian Watson, Romeo Doubs, and Samori Toure. But the Packers also needed to add another veteran receiver to the room.

Green Bay signed Sammy Watkins in free agency. Watkins had been a solid third option in the Kansas City Chiefs' offense behind Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill, but the Packers needed him to play in a starting role.

And it couldn't have gone much worse. Watkins only played in nine games for the Packers, catching 13 passes for 206 yards, and 93 of those yards came in one game.

The Packers moved on from Watkins before the regular season had ended, instead deciding to give more snaps to rookies Christian Watson and Romeo Doubs.

Having re-signed Aaron Rodgers, the Packers were still in win-now mode. But with Watkins not making an impact on offense, Green Bay had to rely on Allen Lazard as the WR1, Randall Cobb, and a trio of rookies.

Unsurprisingly, the offense struggled for much of the season, averaging just 17.1 points in the opening nine games.