The contract’s length and its amount are just right to allow the former Clemson standout to prove himself.
The Packers will be his fifth team in nine seasons, and he addresses an immediate need after All-Pro wideout Davante Adams left for the Las Vegas Raiders.
Watkins’ numbers run pale compared to Adams, but he still has that speed that can stretch the defense.
Likewise, he performed well in the clutch with the Baltimore Ravens last season.
Watkins will also be reunited with Matt LaFleur, his offensive coordinator during his lone season with the Los Angeles Rams.
He did reasonably well under LaFleur, scoring eight touchdowns and averaging 15.2 yards per catch.
Therefore, Watkins will thrive in LaFleur’s system, even with former offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett gone.
It won’t hurt playing with reigning Most Valuable Player Aaron Rodgers, known for his remarkable accuracy.
Those conditions have Watkins elated to join the Packers, per his tweet.
— King me (@sammywatkins) April 14, 2022
Watkins said, “I’m officially a cheesehead can’t wait to be apart or something special it’s Finna be crazy..! #LIMITLESS14 #PACKERS.”
Bringing Normalcy To The Packers Offense
Losing Adams is a massive blow for the Packers.
However, they can soften the damage by adding Watkins.
He does have the speed to stretch the field and attract multiple defensive backs.
If he and Rodgers develop their chemistry, he will have at least one big play every game.
It’s also worth pointing out that Watkins had 14 catches for 288 yards and a touchdown during the Kansas City Chiefs’ 2019 Super Bowl-winning run.
That said, he isn’t fazed with the bright lights and the big moments.