3 worst free-agent signings under Packers GM Brian Gutekunst

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Green Bay Packers fans can't have too many complaints about Brian Gutekunst's work in free agency over the years.

In 2019, he signed Za'Darius Smith, Preston Smith, Adrian Amos, and Billy Turner—all four became key starters. Preston Smith is still an important player.

Gutekunst made bargain moves like signing De'Vondre Campbell and Keisean Nixon, who both became All-Pros with the Packers. He also made excellent in-season additions like Bashaud Breeland and Rasul Douglas.

The Packers have spent well in free agency under Gutekunst, but not every move has gone to plan. Signing free agents comes with risk. Many free-agent additions don't work out, leaving teams with big cap hits for players who didn't meet expectations.

For all of Gutekunst's excellent work in free agency, he also missed on a few of his signings.

3. Devin Funchess

The Packers needed to add a wide receiver to pair with Davante Adams in the 2020 offseason. They missed out on Justin Jefferson and Brandon Aiyuk in the draft and picked Jordan Love ahead of Tee Higgins (which turned out to be a great decision).

Green Bay signed veteran receiver Devin Funchess to a one-year, $2.5 million deal. Funchess opted out of the 2020 season but returned to Green Bay the following year.

Funchess played in one preseason game but suffered a hamstring injury. The Packers placed him on injured reserve and released him a couple of days later.

Green Bay needed better receiving depth, but its only additions in 2020 and 2021 were Funchess and Amari Rodgers.

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