The Packers are also reportedly interested in receiver Allen Robinson and tight end Jimmy Graham, a clear sign that general manager Brian Gutekunst wants to upgrade his passing game with proven, veteran talent in free agency.
The big, physical receiver (6-foot-1, 211 pounds) specializes in stretching defenses vertically.
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Watkins initially entered the National Football League with the promise of being one of the game's best receivers.
Watkins, 24, was picked up by the Buffalo Bills in the first round of the 2014 draft and was later traded to the Los Angeles Rams in 2017. Buffalo sent Watkins to the Rams in exchange for cornerback E.J. Gaines and a 2018 second-round pick on August 11.
Still, he was quite productive over his first two years in the league with almost 1,000 yards in his rookie year and 1,047 yards in just 13 games in his sophomore campaign.
The rivalry between the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers goes beyond just the two Sundays they play each other in the regular season. Likewise cornerback Marcus Peters, sent to the Rams earlier via trade as well. The Chiefs later worked out a deal with linebacker Anthony Hitchens.