Will Fuller is without a doubt one of the best wide receivers that will be available in this years free agent class. In a 2021 free agent class that only features guys like AJ Green, Allen Robinson, and TY Hilton possibly ahead of him statistically, Fuller has a real good shot at cashing out with his new employer.
Fuller had demanded a trade towards the start of the 2020 NFL season, but the Texans couldn’t find a legitimate suitor and will now be forced to let him walk in free agency instead. Several teams were mentioned to be in the running for Fuller, but the Texans likely wanted too much for a free agent the next season.
Fuller, in just 11 games in 2020, managed to haul in 53 receptions, 879 receiving yards, a 16.6 yards per reception average, and eight receiving touchdowns. Fuller was well on his way to a potential Pro Bowl caliber season, but he was then slapped with a six-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.
He is a burner wide receiver who can line up anywhere and get consistent catches and the fact that he nearly had 1,000 yards receiving in just 11 games is mind blowing in and of itself.
With all of that being said, let’s take a look at four potential landing spots for Will Fuller this offseason.
Green Bay Packers
Will Fuller and the Green Bay Packers seem like a match made in heaven, which is why a deal was so close to being done in the 2020 regular season instead. The Packers, for whatever reason, have failed to give Aaron Rodgers any legitimate weapons aside from Davante Adams in his receiving unit and Fuller would be a perfect fit for the Packers’ “air the ball out” play style.
Fuller, 26, has made a pretty penny off of being a reliable deep threat, which is what makes him so valuable. He has arguably the best hands out of all the wideouts in this year’s free agency class and he has the ability to burn any cornerback from anywhere on the field.
Teaming up Will Fuller with Davante Adams, Aaron Rodgers, Aaron Jones, and Robert Tonyan would be a dream team for Matt LaFleur to work with. If the Packers want to get this deal done, they need to come calling aggressively or another team will.
New Orleans Saints
The New Orleans Saints, believe it or not, need some help at the wide receiver position and could be in the market to sign Will Fuller. The team currently has 2019 NFL Offensive Player of the Year Michael Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders paving the way at wide receiver, but a lengthy injury history between the two men could give the team a reason to look at bringing in some help.
Despite the obvious talent the Saints have to work with in the receiving unit, their running back, Alvin Kamara, managed to lead the team in receptions and receiving yards. If the Saints want to be able to contend without Drew Brees as soon as next season, then they’ll need to add some depth at the receiving position.
There’s nothing Sean Payton could do to help whoever takes the reigns at the quarterback position more than providing him with an offensively loaded team for him to push the ball downfield to. The Saints are pretty cap strapped at the moment, but never underestimate Mickey Loomis and his ability to finesse the salary cap to add much needed players.
San Francisco 49ers
The San Francisco 49ers took a major step back this season after being the Super Bowl runner ups a season ago and a lot of that has to do with injuries at the wide receiver position and a serious lack of production. If the 49ers want to get back to their winning ways in 2021, they should consider signing Will Fuller.
The 49ers need a wide receiver who can adjust to average quarterback play, and Fuller has proven to be able to do that. Obviously, with Deshaun Watson at the helm, he had a great signal caller tossing him the ball, but he’s played with several quarterbacks throughout his span and never really missed a beat.
If the 49ers could land Fuller, they would add him to a group of weapons that includes Deebo Samuel, Kendrick Bourne, and George Kittle for Jimmy Garoppolo to throw to. The 49ers are a solid team, but adding Will Fuller to the mix could take them back to the playoffs.
Will Fuller going to the Eagles makes a lot of sense. The Eagles need a reliable wide receiver for Jalen Hurts to throw to and Fuller could come back to his home town and thrive in Philly.
It’s not very often that an NFL player gets to play for their home town team, but that’s the opportunity that Fuller could likely get. The Eagles have Alshon Jeffrey, Jalen Reagor, and JJ Arcega-Whiteside to build around and adding Fuller to the mix gives Jalen Hurts a great down field threat to build around.
The NFC East doesn’t have too much going for them and if they could manage to snag one of the best free agents available this offseason, they could completely change their culture moving forward. Barring the fact there’s not any tension that carries over into the offseason between the Eagles and Doug Pederson, Philadelphia could snag a superstar to catch dimes from Jalen Hurts.