NFL players considered high risk can receive a $350,000 stipend that doesn't count against future earnings, and an accrued NFL season if they choose to opt out. Posted 36 receptions of 20-plus yards, No. [48] In Week 12, against the New York Jets, he had a season-high 108 receiving yards on seven receptions. Funchess left Michigan with one year of eligibility remaining and Carolina selected him in the second round of the 2015 draft. Getty Images. Devin Funchess agreed to a one-year contract worth $2.5 million with a signing bonus of $1 million on April 2. Five receivers who can replace Devin Funchess for the Packers. and four TDs. As his veteran teammates reported to Lambeau Field to undergo the first of three days of COVID-19 testing, Funchess informed the club he would not play in 2020. The following browsers are supported: Chrome, Edge (v80 and later), Firefox and Safari. That’s where you saw guys like Allen Lazard make big strides, you saw Jake make big plays, you saw MVS have games where he was a big factor for us. and five TDs…His five receiving TDs tied for the second most by a rookie in franchise history…Also started all three playoff contests and totaled five catches for 73 yards (14.6 avg.) 20-plus receptions, four-plus receiving TDs and an average of 12.4-plus yards per catch each season from 2015-18. He had a 46-yard reception against the Golden Gophers, and his total of 151 yards was also a career-high. Hauled in a 28-yard TD pass from Newton in the third quarter and a 32-yard score in the fourth quarter, the first Panther with two TD catches of 25-plus yards in a game since WR Ted Ginn on Dec. 13, 2015…At N.Y. GREEN BAY — Calling it a family-first decision, Green Bay Packers wide receiver Devin Funchess opted out of the 2020 season on Tuesday, citing his concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic. ), including a 5-yard TD grab in the fourth quarter…Vs. and four TDs…Scored three TDs (9, 34, 8 yards) vs. Appalachian State (Aug. 30) to become the first WR in school history with three TD receptions in a season opener…Posted a career-high nine catches for 107 yards (11.9 avg.) This positional battle should be one of the highlights of training camp later this summer. View Comments. and a TD…At Washington (Oct. 14): Posted five catches for a team-high 74 yards (14.8 avg. Lazard ran the 40-yard dash in 4.62 seconds at the 2018 NFL Combine, just a hair faster than Funchess (4.70) three years earlier. 10 rec. [36], Funchess had a breakout game during Week 9 against the Green Bay Packers; Funchess made 3 catches for 71 yards and a key touchdown to help the Panthers earn their first 8–0 start in franchise history. [17][18], Funchess scored his third touchdown pass on October 13, 2012, in a 45–0 victory over Illinois. “My closest family members have experienced the life-threatening impact of COVID-19 firsthand and for their and my own safety, I’ve decided to opt out of the upcoming NFL season. I feel really good about that group and obviously the front office did as well.”. )… Missed the final game of the season after being placed on injured reserve (knee) on Dec. 29...At Atlanta (Oct. 2): Posted two receptions for 56 yards (28.0 avg. Hauled in an 18-yard TD pass in the fourth quarter with just over four minutes remaining to cut the Eagles' lead to 17-14 in Carolina's 21-17 win. )…At New England (Oct. 1): Posted the first two-TD game of his career (10, 16 yards) and finished with a team-high seven receptions for 70 yards (10.0 avg. Later on that drive, made a catch from QB Jacoby Brissett in the end zone, but landed out of bounds and directly on his left shoulder, sustaining an injury to his collarbone that would end his season. Ranked No. and five TDs, with his receiving-TD total tying for the second most by a rookie in franchise history. “I can’t thank the Packers organization enough for their understanding and for giving me the opportunity to be a part of one of the most storied franchises in the league,” Funchess continued on Instagram. Signed by the Packers as an unrestricted free agent on April 2, 2020. He still has an opportunity to make a trade or pick up a veteran once cuts are made. Miami (Nov. 13): Matched his career high with two TD catches, finishing with five receptions for 92 yards (18.4 avg.). Valdes-Scantling now ranks No. 1; he is the first receiver to wear No. )…2015 Draft: Selected by Carolina in the second round (No. No player from the Green Bay Packers joined receiver Devin Funchess on the league’s opt-out list by Thursday’s deadline. Funchess' first catch was a 34-yarder where he tightroped the sideline on a pass from Derek Anderson. and four TDs. Jets (Nov. 26): Paced the team with a season-high 108 receiving yards on seven catches (15.4 avg. [25][26] After the Minnesota game, head coach Brady Hoke said: "We wanted to get him out on the perimeter a little bit, mismatch in a lot of ways. Green Bay (Nov. 8): Caught three passes for 71 yards (23.7 avg.) and five TDs…Also registered three sacks, a forced fumble and an interception as a junior...Community involvement: Was named the Week 16 NFLPA Community MVP in 2018 for holding a weekend of community events in Charlotte, N.C., including a charity cooking competition, a student essay contest on kindness and two toy drives...Residence: Fort Lauderdale, Fla.e. “I’m excited about seeing ‘EQ’ back in the mix and then adding Devin, who’s a veteran guy who’s made plays in the league for a number of years and is hungry. and a TD, scoring on a 38-yard reception with just under two minutes remaining in the first half. [52], In a Week 3 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals, Funchess scored his first receiving touchdown of the season. Was selected by the Panthers in the second round (No. Funchess has more NFL experience, but Lazard has been in Green Bay’s offense longer. On his Instagram account, Funchess wrote in capital letters, “Family is first.”. Funchess was supposed to be an inexpensive pick-up who could augment a wide receiver group that is largely unproven behind three-time Pro Bowl selection Davante Adams. 1 jersey this season", "Michigan's Devin Funchess scores 3 TDs in season opener", "Michigan WR/TE Devin Funchess declares for 2015 NFL Draft", "*Devin Funchess – Michigan, WR : 2015 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile", "Panthers trade up, draft WR Funchess in second round", "Green Bay 29 – 37 Carolina: Final – 2015-11-08 – National Football League – Yahoo! GREEN BAY - Green Bay Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst waited until the wide receiver free-agent market was picked through quite a bit before settling on veteran Devin Funchess as a supplement to his mostly young receiving corps. Devin Funchess, who spent the first four years of his career in Carolina, signed with the Green Bay ...[+] Packers in free agency this offseason. 7 in the NFL over that span in receiving first-down percentage (min. )…Was placed on injured reserve (collarbone) on Sept. 10...At L.A. Chargers (Sept. 8): Started and caught three passes for 32 yards (10.7 avg.) He has also been a member of the Indianapolis Colts. Posted first downs on 119 of 161 receptions during his time with Carolina, a percentage of 73.9 that ranked No. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, only five more players opted out on Thursday.No other Packers joined the list, just as both GM Brian Gutekunst and coach Matt LaFleur expected when asked during Zoom calls this week. The Packers will be able to wipe a portion of Funchess’ $2.265 million salary off their 2020 salary cap. Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. 1 on the team over that span among players with 100-plus catches. at Notre Dame (Sept. 6)…Sophomore season (2013): Played in 13 contests with nine starts and was named the Kwalick-Clark Tight End of the Year, which is presented annually to the Big Ten's top tight end…Also earned first-team All-Big Ten honors from the media and second-team recognition from the coaches after setting the school record for the most receiving yards in a season by a tight end with a career-best 748…Finished second on the team with 49 receptions and a career-high six receiving TDs…Was named one of eight semifinalists for the John Mackey Award…Registered seven catches for a career-high 151 yards (21.6 avg.) [28] Through the first six games of the season, Funchess had 19 catches for 408 yards and four touchdowns. Players deemed low risk can still receive up to $150,000 if they choose to opt out, but their money is an advance on their 2021 salary.