We won’t say we are surprised. We were more surprised that the Green Bay Packers showed interest to begin with. However, the two big free agent receivers they were interested in — Sammy Watkins and Allen Robinson — have decided to sign elsewhere.
Watkins is going to the Chiefs. Robinson is going to the Bears.
Here are some interesting numbers.
Davante Adams: 4 years, $58.9M, $30M guaranteed
Sammy Watkins: 3 years, $48M, $30M guaranteed
Allen Robinson: 3 years, $42M, $25M guaranteed
If I’m the #Packers, I feel really good about the deal I made.
If I’m Davante Adams, I sort of wish I hit the open market.
— Michael Cohen (@Michael_Cohen13) March 13, 2018
It’s unlikely the Packers could have approached those numbers, especially since they appear to be sitting on their hands when it comes to the bloated contracts of Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson.
You can probably also cross tight end Jimmy Graham off the list. Although he hasn’t signed yet, there are rumors the Saints may go up to $10 million annually for the 31-year-old.
Again, I don’t see how the Packers could compete there unless they make some other moves.