REPORT: Packers pursued WR Emmanuel Sanders in free agency

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The Green Bay Packers are in need of some help at the wide receiver position this offseason. Brian Gutekunst has been relatively quiet so far in free agency and fans are beginning to get frustrated. After a brutal loss to the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game last year, the need for more weapons for Aaron Rodgers was obvious.

It appears that Gutekunst was trying to make a move at the position after all. According to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Packers pursued veteran wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders in free agency, but he ended up signing with the New Orleans Saints.

Sanders would have been a huge addition for the Green Bay offense. He would have provided Rodgers with a legitimate weapon across from Davante Adams. Instead, the Packers will continue having to figure out who to target next.

Many are hoping that the Packers will end up signing Robby Anderson when everything is said and done. Breshad Perriman could also be an option.

If the Packers had signed Sanders, their offense would have taken a big step immediately. He may not be a star anymore, but he is a quality player who is known mainly as a possession receiver.

Last season split between the Denver Broncos and 49ers, Sanders caught 66 passes for 869 yards and five touchdowns. The Packers could have used that kind of production. Even with Davante Adams missing time due to a toe injury, he was easily the best wide receiver in Green Bay in 2019.

Allen Lazard is currently the No. 2 receiver on the depth chart. That simply isn’t going to cut it for Rodgers and the Packers. They need to figure something out at wideout after missing on Sanders.