Packers To Sign WR Devin Funchess

The Packers are expected to sign free agent wide receiver Devin Funchess, per Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network (via Twitter). It’s a rare foray into the free agent wide receiver market for Green Bay, which hopes that Funchess’ size and physicality will be an asset to Aaron Rodgers.

The Panthers selected Funchess in the second round of the 2015 draft, but he has yet to put it all together in the pros. He enjoyed the best year of his career in 2017, compiling 63 receptions for 840 yards and eight touchdowns, but it took him 111 targets to get those 63 grabs. After a somewhat disappointing 2018 campaign, Funchess was still able to pull down a one-year, $10MM deal from the Colts last offseason.

Indianapolis head coach Frank Reich reportedly “banged the table” for the team to sign Funchess, and Reich later said the Michigan product had displayed good route-running and a solid grasp of the club’s offense throughout spring workouts. Unfortunately, Funchess broke his collarbone in Week 1 of the 2019 campaign, and he never got healthy enough to return to the field.

Funchess still has plenty of talent, and perhaps Rodgers will be the key to unlock his potential. Although the Packers have a number of big-bodied wideouts, none of them have Funchess’ upside. He will join a WR corps that includes Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Jake Kumerow in support of the elite Davante Adams.

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  1. dynamite drop in monty

    Colts just gonna roll w TY and whoever shows up to camp, I guess.

    • mstockw1

      Parris Campbell not any good? Didn’t watch many Colts games last year, but I was pretty high on him going into the draft.

      • dynamite drop in monty

        I suppose they’re still counting on him to be a part of the corp but he didn’t impress much last year. Not sure if it was just a learning curve or the fact that the entire team had the passing attack of a retirement home shuffleboard team after week 6, but he didn’t live up to his expectations.

        • dynamite drop in monty

          Pascal was solid again but he’s not a guy you want as your second option. He’s a 4th receiver on a team that competes for a trophy.

      • king beas

        No Paris Campbell is not very good. Draft is deep with wr this year I’d be shocked if they don’t bring in at least 2

        • dynamite drop in monty

          34 or 44 will def get them a wideout. But One would hope for some depth. Really thought they’d bring Funch back, especially since Rivers loves big targets

        • jkoms57

          Parris Campbell is a smooth route runner with good hands.

          Might not have made an impact yr1 but has all the tools to be elite

  2. afsooner02

    As long as they didn’t overpay, I’m good with this. Still need to draft a wr in first round to go with him.

    • viercjm

      WR is deep enough in the draft this year they could get a starter in Rd. 2, but if the top ILB’s are gone, I’d like to see a WR in the 1st round.

  3. jjabrony

    Rodgers has well known trust issues with his receivers and they sign a guy who doesn’t separate and has a high drop rate. This guy will be jumping and waiving and Rodgers will never throw the ball you him

  4. xpackyank

    Guy is a camp body competing for a role alongside EQ, Kumerow, MVS, Lazard and whoever Pack draft. Doubt he even makes the 53 come week 1.

    • $crewBaLL

      the guys you listed couldnt get open to save there life! EQ,MVS,GA can all get stashed on the practice squad or cut. Devin is being brought in to be the number 2 WR. whoever they draft @ wr better be ready to produce right out of the gate.

      • xpackyank

        Lol why do people think a guy who missed basically all of last season, and was a leader in drops back in 2018 would immediately be our #2?
        I get the Pack don’t have a ton of good options but Lazard and Kumerow would easily be ahead right now.

        • $crewBaLL

          because the guys listed all had the opportunity to show that they were capable of becoming that #2 behind adams. All proved that wasnt the case. They needed to bring in outside help.. I get what your saying. I dont like the signing either.

          • mattcubs

            No doubt. Lazard is really the only receiver that stepped up. Even so, he should be a #3 at best. MVS and kumerow looked like 5th receivers.

  5. lions_3034_super_bowl_champs

    Funchess could have a boost in his career up in GB..I think it’s a solid pick up for the Pack…

    • jkoms57

      More of a desperation signing and still looking to add competition in the draft

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