The Green Bay Packers released wide receiver Sammy Watkins on Monday, hours before their game against the Los Angeles Rams.
Watkins, a first-round pick in the 2014 draft, played nine games with the Packers after signing a one-year, $4 million contract in April. The Packers signed Watkins to bolster a thin receiving corps after trading All-Pro Davante Adams to the Las Vegas Raiders. But Watkins couldn’t catch on in the Packers’ passing game while other players showed up.
Watkins posted 13 catches for 206 yards with no touchdowns against Green Bay. Meanwhile, second-round pick Christian Watson has become one of Aaron Rodgers’ top targets, hauling in 25 catches for 401 yards and a team-best seven touchdowns. Rookie Romeo Dubs and Packers veterans Allen Lazard and Randall Cobb also outplayed Watkins on the field.
Watkins, 29, has played for five teams since the Buffalo Bills drafted him out of Clemson with the No. 4 overall pick in 2014. – Touchdown campaign. His production dipped in his third season and the Bills traded him to the Los Angeles Rams the following offseason.
Watkins has since played for the Kansas City Chiefs and Baltimore Ravens before the Packers, while failing to replicate his early career production. The 673-yard rush with the Chiefs in 2019 marks his best since his sophomore season, while he has caught three touchdowns once in the last seven seasons.
Watkins is healthy and could draw interest on waivers from a playoff contender looking for help at receiver.