The Green Bay Packers have come up short in each of the past two NFC Championship Games. Now, they need to make a bold move to reach the Super Bowl.
With NFL free agency’s tampering period starting on Monday, the Packers must work quickly.
While general manager Brian Gutekunst doesn’t have a bevy of cash flow under the $182.5 million salary cap, the Packers can make a significant signing before moving money around with current players.
If Gutekunst is going to make a huge splash, he should go for proverbial broke and sign former Detroit Lions wide receiver Kenny Golladay.
Why the Packers should sign Kenny Golladay
Golladay, 27, is a former Pro Bowler coming off his rookie deal. In his four years with the Lions, the former third-round pick caught 183 passes for 3,068 yards and 21 touchdowns. In both 2018 and ’19, he notched 1,000-yard seasons with 11 touchdown grabs in the latter season. In 2020, Golladay was limited to five games with a hip injury.
While Golladay will be very expensive as the top receiver in free agency, the money would be well worth the investment.
The Packers have a 37-year-old MVP in quarterback Aaron Rodgers who may only have a few years remaining before retirement or a steep decline. Outside of receiver Davante Adams, Green Bay’s perimeter weapons are underwhelming. Adding Golladay provides Rodgers with ample firepower, and also steals one of the division’s best weapons away from Detroit in the process.
Signing someone of Golladay’s prowess won’t be easy with the tight financial salary situation in Green Bay, but if the Packers have a shocking move in them, it should be to add a weapon for Rodgers.