On Monday, the Green Bay Packers found out that Wisconsin native J.J. Watt will not be joining the team after Watt signed a two-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals. But that doesn’t mean the Packers are out of the free agent market. There are still several players the team is likely to pursue as GM Brian Gutekunst looks to improve his roster for 2021. One of them is wide receiver Will Fuller.
The Packers have been looking to improve their depth at wideout for some time now. Davante Adams is clearly the number one receiver, but the team needs more weapons at the position. After failing to add a receiver in last year’s draft and having 2020 free agent Devin Funchess opt out of the 2020 season due to the pandemic, the Packers entered last season with roughly the same cast they had in 2019.
Fuller is an intriguing target for the Packers. The team has been interested in trading for him in the past and according to NFL Network, the Packers and Texans were in negotiations at the trade deadline last year to send the former Notre Dame star to the Packers. The talks broke down, however, because Houston insisted on a second-round draft pick. The Packers didn’t want to give up that much and they wanted an opportunity to negotiate an extension with Fuller before pulling the trigger, something the Texans did not agree to.
Just two weeks after the trade deadline passed, Fuller was suspended by the NFL for six games for violating the league’s policy on PEDs. He served five of those games last season and regardless of where he signs, he will have to sit out the opening game of the 2021 season to complete his suspension.
Fuller brings several assets to the table. He has outstanding speed and the ability to stretch the field. He was timed at 4.32 in the 40-yard dash prior to the 2016 NFL Draft where he was selected 21st overall by the Texans. He can also make intermediate catches consistently in addition to going deep. For the first 11 games this past season, Fuller functioned as the Texans number one receiver after Houston traded DeAndre Hopkins to the Cardinals.