Wide receiver remains to be a Packers need as of March 25th, 2023. The Green Bay Packers currently have only five receivers on the roster. All of these receivers are all 25 years of age or younger. The current receivers are Christian Watson, Romeo Doubs, Samori Toure, Bo Melton, and Jeff Cotton. This position room needs a lot of help.
So, where will the help come from? The Packers have three options to address this need: Trade, Free Agency, or the Draft.
The Packers acquiring help for the receiver position through trade seems unlikely for a myriad of reasons. Green Bay would have to give up draft capital in order to obtain a receiver through trade and if the receiver is a veteran, they are likely to have a high cap hit. The Packers can’t afford to have that with their current cap status.
If the Packers were to acquire a wide receiver through a trade, it would have to be a part of the Aaron Rodgers trade to the Jets. This would be to acquire someone like Corey Davis. Even then, Corey Davis would have around a $10.5 million cap hit. The Packers couldn’t currently handle that.
The Free Agency option for the Packers would only be a possibility if the Packers were signing a veteran receiver to a team-friendly deal. The Packers could definitely use a veteran presence in the room considering Samori Toure and Jeff Cotton are the oldest wide receivers in the room at age 25, and Jeff Cotton has never caught a ball in the NFL!
Well, who is currently available in free agency that would fit well with the Packers?
- Randall Cobb– I know most of us, including me, believe that the moment Rodgers is officially a Jet is the exact moment that Cobb signs with the Jets too. But that is not necessarily true. Cobb has a deep familiarity with the team and has shared his love for the Packers and Packers fans many times. It could be just as easy for him to stay in Green Bay, then follow Rodgers to the Jets.
- T.Y. Hilton– It seems like T.Y. Hilton is still wanting to play and is looking for a change of scenery. He isn’t the player he once was, but is definitely a crafty vet that could help a young receiving corp.
- Jarvis Landry- Landry seemed to be a fan favorite last season to sign with the Packers, but instead signed with the Saints where he missed most of the season with an injury. Landry is probably looking for a one year deal to prove that he still has “it.” He has the confidence that could inspire the rest of the receivers in the locker room.
The draft is another way for the Packers to add playmakers to this team. This is the most likely option for Green Bay to obtain receiving help. Now, more than likely, the Packers will still add a veteran receiver through free agency. I mean, Brian Gutekunst said so himself, but look for the Packers to add through the draft as the draft is the cheapest way to stay under the cap.
The Packers haven’t drafted a first round wide receiver since 2002. Will this be the year? The same year in which Aaron Rodgers is traded, the Packers draft a receiver in the first round? I doubt it. But if it does happen, Twitter will definitely be a “fun” place to be, especially if the Packers draft a receiver with the very pick they got from the Jets for Rodgers.
Regardless of how it happens, the Packers wide receiving room will not look like it does now come the end of April. It will definitely be interesting to see how the Packers go about doing this.——————
Damon is a diehard, fully-immersed cheesehead who currently lives in southern Missouri. He teaches at a local high school and has a family YouTube channel about all things Packers. You can follow him on twitter at @packersfamily and on YouTube at The Packers Family.