We knew going into this offseason that GM Brian Gutekunst was not going to be generous with the checkbook grabbing free agents like we did this time last year. While not a huge name, WR Devin Funchess is reportedly joining the team:
Die #Packers are expected to sign WR Devin Funchess, per sources. A big body on the perimeter for Aaron Rodgers.
Funchess adds two things to the wide receiving corps that was much needed: he is a big fellow(6’4″ and 225lbs) and he brings experience to the position. Last season, the Packers fielded a very young and inexperienced group of WRs. While only 25, he was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in 2015. He had four very respectable seasons with the Panthers but was not resigned — he ended up in the following season playing for the Indianapolis Colts for a one year deal.
His tenure with the Colts was not a very good one by any measure. He started in Week 1 and claimed three receptions for a total of 32 yards — however, on September 19th 2019, he was placed on injured reserve with a broken collarbone and that is where he remained for the rest of the season.
Putting his season with the Colts aside, Funchess was a respectable route runner(although nothing special) and known for his large size when he was with the Panthers. In his final year with the Panthers, he was in the top 10 for total drops(given he was working with Cam Newton).
Although not official, this acquisition easily puts him at the WR2 sport behind Davante Adams. Despite their cumulative inexperience, the Packers receivers last year did a fine job at blocking and opening up lanes for the running backs. Funchess’ size should make him a nice addition to the team and a formidable threat in the red zone.
As far as I am aware, there are no details released yet as to the value of his potential contract. According to Sportrac, his one-year deal with the Colts last season was worth $10 million and placed him as the 26th highest paid wide receiver in the league. The Packers do not have near that much cap space so expect something closer to $4-5 million.