Devin Funchess takes pay cut to play for Packers

The Green Bay Packers have many decisions left to make regarding contracts, draft choices and free agency. However, the organization can check one thing off its list.

Devin Funchess, a free agent wide receiver signed in the 2020 offseason who opted out of the 2020-21 season, will stay with the Green Bay Packers.

With alternative options probably not great for the 26-year-old who hasn’t played a game since 2019, Funchess decided to take a pay cut to play with an organization who would gladly take a veteran receiver who has a chance at being productive.

Funchess decided to take a pay cut of $750,000 to stay in Green Bay for the upcoming season. Initially on a one-year deal worth $1.2 million, the veteran receiver will play for much less now.

This is good for Funchess because he will get a chance to prove that he can still play solid football in training camp. The last time we saw him was with the Indianapolis Colts in 2019, when he broke his collarbone and was put in injured reserved.

This is also a win for the organization, because it lessens the cap hit. No matter how small of an amount the money seems like, every penny counts for a team that’s nearly $10 million over the cap.

I also view this as a win for the organization because veteran players like Funchess are willing to take a pay cut to play with a team that has title hopes and aspirations.

I’m excited to see what Funchess can do in training camp. If he’s able to stick around through August, that gives me hope that he can be productive in the fall.

He’s been productive in the past. His best season was in 2017, when he caught 63 balls for 840 yards and eight touchdowns. If the Packers can get that sort of play from Funchess, life will be good for Matt LaFleur and Aaron Rodgers.

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Gunnar Davis is a lifelong Packers fan and a recent graduate of Simpson College, where he was a 3-year letterwinner on the offensive line and graduated with a degree in multimedia communications. You can follow him on Twitter at @Gunnar57Davis.

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