Green Bay Packers wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling is already a coveted player in free agency.
According to USA TODAY Sports’ Josina Anderson, the Las Vegas Raiders, Chicago Bears, San Francisco 49ers, Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans are teams that have shown “preliminary interest” in Valdés-Scantling, who has an expiring contract.
A fast and deep threat, Valdes-Scantling caught 26 passes for 430 yards and three touchdowns in 11 games in 2021. The 2018 fifth-round pick has 123 receptions for 2,153 yards and 13 touchdowns in 59 career games.
In a weak class of free-agent wide receivers, Valdes-Scantling’s combination of speed and length is undeniably attractive. He has also played in an offensive style that is spreading throughout the NFL.
The Bears, for example, just hired former Packers passing game coordinator Luke Getsy to be the team’s new offensive coordinator, which likely explains Chicago’s interest.
In 2020, Valdes-Scantling led the NFL in receiving yards and receptions of at least 40 yards. Last season, he didn’t crash, fixing a lingering problem, but missed six games with injury.
With so much interest in Valdes-Scantling around the league, it’s increasingly unlikely the Packers will keep him in Green Bay for 2022. If he leaves, GM Brian Gutekunst will need to find a deep threat in free agency or the NFL. 2022. drought.