Green Bay Packers Cut Veteran Wide Receiver Ahead of 2021 NFL Season

Published 08/28/2021, 8:17 AM EDT
GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN – AUGUST 08: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers looks on before the preseason game against the Houston Texans at Lambeau Field on August 08, 2019 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)


The Green Bay Packers enter 2021 with a do or die attitude. The franchise which has now lost two back-to-back NFC title games is looking to finally cross that hurdle this season. 

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And it could be their last shot at a Super Bowl in a while. The side’s front office was at loggerhead with star quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers held out a contemplated either leaving the franchise or retiring from the sport altogether. 

ASHWAUBENON, WISCONSIN – JULY 29: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers works out during training camp at Ray Nitschke Field on July 29, 2021 in Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

But in the end, the Green Bay Packers managed to convince Aaron Rodgers to return. With a reworked contract hinting at an exit at the end of the 2021 NFL season, the Packers’ Super Bowl window could be closing fast. 

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So the side is making sure to provide all the weapons Rodgers needs to bring the Lombardi Trophy back to Lambeau Field. But with the new season approaching, roster cuts are inevitable. And one veteran wideout has had to face the brunt of it.

Devin Funchess released by Green Bay Packers 

27-year-old wide receiver Devin Funchess signed with the Green Bay Packers back in 2020. But due to COVID, the wide receiver opted to sit out 2020 and play for a roster spot instead in 2021.

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Things looked good for the wide receiver until injuring his hamstring during a joint practice with the New York Jets. Subsequently put on the injured reserve list, Funchess is now a free agent. 

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NFL insider Tom Pelissero tweeted about the same saying that the wide receiver had been released after an injury settlement following his season ending injury. 

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The Packers thankfully have a deep wide receiver chart to tide them over this loss. With Randall Cobb, Marquez Valdes Scantling, Allen Lazard and 2020 first-team All-Pro Davante Adams in the mix, Aaron Rodgers won’t have a dearth of options to take aim at.

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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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