Devin Funchess

Detroit Lions
Wide Receiver #17
Detroit Lions
Wide Receiver #17
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Devin Funchess News

Inks deal with Detroit

Funchess signed a contract with the Lions on Tuesday.

Analysis: Funchess was released from IR by the Packers with an injury settlement in August last year and joined the 49ers' practice squad shortly before being cut with an injury designation. Now healthy, the 28-year-old will look to carve out a role in Detroit, though he may have an uphill battle to make the roster seeing as he hasn't appeared in a regular-season game since 2019.

Jun 14, 2022 1:45 PM EST

Cut by San Francisco

Funchess (undisclosed) was cut from the 49ers' practice squad injured list Monday.

Analysis: Funchess had been sidelined since last Tuesday due to an undisclosed injury, and he'll now be forced to seek out other opportunities. The 27-year-old hasn't appeared in a regular-season game since 2019.

Dec 6, 2021 2:53 PM EST

Out with injury

Funchess (undisclosed) was placed on the 49ers' practice squad injured list, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Funches joined San Francisco's practice squad last week, and it didn't take long for him to go down with an injury. The 27-year-old dealt with a hamstring injury in training camp with the Packers before being released off injured reserve, though it's unclear if he aggravated that injury or if he's dealing with a new issue.

Nov 30, 2021 10:45 PM EST

Signed to 49ers' practice squad

Funchess was added to the 49ers' practice squad Tuesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The 27-year-old has yet to play this season after reaching an injury settlement with the Packers in the preseason. Now healed from a hamstring injury, Funchess will look to provide depth at wide receiver for the 49ers. He has only appeared in one game since 2018, making three catches for 32 yards in a contest with the Colts in 2019. Funchess signed with the Packers in 2020 but sat out the season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nov 23, 2021 3:01 PM EST

Gets injury settlement

Funchess (hamstring) has been let go from IR by the Packers with an injury settlement, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: It remains to be seen how close Funchess is to being able to re-take the field. However, following this move, the wideout is now free to catch on with another team once he recovers from what ESPN's Rob Demovsky previously described as a lingering hamstring injury.

Aug 27, 2021 2:37 PM EST

Moved to IR

The Packers placed Funchess (lower) on injured reserve Wednesday.

Analysis: The timing means he can't return this season, unless he agrees to an injury settlement and becomes a free agent again. Even if that happens, Funchess is now 27 years old and has been either injured, ineffective or opted out every season since his 840-yard, eight-TD breakout for Carolina back in 2017. It remains to be seen if he's actually dealing with a severe injury or just didn't do enough to make the Week 1 roster before suffering a less-serious injury.

Aug 25, 2021 1:06 PM EST

Unavailable Saturday

Funchess (lower body) will not play Saturday versus the Jets, Jason Wilde of reports.

Analysis: Funchess was a dominate force in the team's preseason opener corralling six passes for 70 yards against the Texans, but the veteran wideout had to be carted off the field Wednesday with a lower-body injury that was later deemed to not serious. Funchess is in a heated battle for one the team's final roster spots at wide receiver along with Equanimeous St. Brown and Malik Taylor.

Aug 21, 2021 1:19 PM EST

No practice Thursday

Funchess (lower body) is not participating in Thursday's practice, Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports.

Analysis: Funchess had to be carted off the field after pulling up during Wednesday's practice, and while the nature and severity of his apparent injury remain undisclosed, it's not encouraging that he's absent Thursday. At the very least Funchess is trending in the wrong direction for Saturday's preseason contest against the Jets, and it's within the realm of possibility that he's dealing with a serious injury.

Aug 19, 2021 9:15 AM EST

Carted off at practice

Funchess was carted off the practice field Wednesday, Rob Demovsky of reports.

Analysis: Funchess is coming off an impressive preseason showing, having secured six of eight targets for 70 yards while showing chemistry with Jordan Love (shoulder), but he now appears to have suffered a potentially worrying injury. The 27-year-old opted out of the 2020 season and was only able to suit up for one game in 2019 because of a broken collarbone. For the 2021 campaign, he's facing competition from the likes of Equanimeous St. Brown, Malik Tayor and Reggie Begelton for a roster spot.

Aug 18, 2021 10:51 AM EST

Leading receiver Saturday

Funchess caught six of eight targets for 70 yards in Saturday's preseason loss to the Texans.

Analysis: With most of the Packers' starting skill players off for the night, including Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams, Funchess got a chance to make an impact with Jordan Love (shoulder) under center and he took advantage, leading all receivers in catches and yards. The 27-year-old is looking to get his career back on track after opting out of last season and playing only one game in 2019 due to a broken collarbone, and Funchess will need to continue making good impressions if he's going to win a roster spot.

Aug 15, 2021 6:29 AM EST

Not assured roster spot

Funchess is not assured a spot on the Packers' roster, per Rob Demovsky of

Analysis: Funchess has had several productive seasons since entering the league in 2015, but his last one came in 2018, so his track record only counts for so much. He opted out of last season just a few months after joining the Packers, and according to head coach Matt LaFleur, "there is a lot to learn there and (Funchess) has got to continue to grind over the summer so he can put his best foot forward come training camp." Four Packers wideouts are virtually assured of making the cut, so Funchess will need to beat out Equanimeous St. Brown and a host of other players -- or at least all but one or two receivers in that group -- to come away with a spot for Week 1.

Jul 8, 2021 9:55 AM EST

Agrees to pay cut

Funchess is accepting a pay cut of approximately $750,000 to stay with the Packers, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Funchess opted out of the 2020 season a few months after he signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract. The deal tolls over to 2021, and the Packers apparently were ready to release him if he didn't agree to a smaller salary. Funchess will be only 27 years old for the upcoming season, but he's played in just one game since the end of 2018, bouncing from Carolina to Indianapolis to Green Bay. He may end up battling for a roster spot this summer.

Mar 9, 2021 7:04 AM EST

Not playing in 2020

Funchess opted out of the 2020 season, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The biggest addition to the Packers' receiving corps this offseason, Funchess has elected to stay away from NFL action this year. His decision leaves the wideout group much the same as it did last season. Davante Adams will lead the way and be followed by Allen Lazard. Beyond that duo, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Jake Kumerow and Equanimeous St. Brown will compete for slotting.

Jul 28, 2020 2:39 PM EST

Competing for second WR spot

Funchess and Allen Lazard are the leading candidates for Green Bay's No. 2 spot at wide receiver, Mike Spofford of reports.

Analysis: Funchess signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract in March, likely expecting that his new team would add some wideout competition in the draft. The Packers instead focused on other positions, leaving Funchess, Lazard and Jake Kumerow, among others, to compete for slotting behind target hog Davante Adams. The 26-year-old Funchess had plenty of time to regain his health after a broken collarbone held him out for the final 15 games of last season with the Colts, so he should be a full participant whenever Green Bay is able to practice.

Jun 23, 2020 9:04 AM EST

Gets one-year deal with Packers

Funchess (collarbone) has agreed to a one-year contract with the Packers, Jason Wilde of The Wisconsin State Journal reports.

Analysis: Funchess is signing a one-year deal for a second straight offseason, following a lost year in Indianapolis where he never made it back from injured reserve after suffering a broken collarbone Week 1. He should have plenty of time to recover before the 2020 campaign, likely challenging fellow big-bodied wideout Allen Lazard for the starting job opposite No. 1 target Davante Adams. The Green Bay offense still figures to go through Adams and the running backs, but there's potential for another receiving weapon to establish mainstream fantasy value (even though it didn't quite work out that way last year).

Mar 26, 2020 12:08 PM EST

Nearing deal with Green Bay

Funchess (collarbone) is expected to sign with the Packers in the near future, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The particulars of Funchess' pending deal with Green Bay aren't yet known, but he'll likely be forced to settle for a one- or two-year deal with a modest amount of guaranteed money after a broken collarbone kept him sidelined for all but one game with the Colts last season. Assuming he finalizes a contract and proves healthy for the start of camp, the 6-foot-4, 225-pound Funchess could contend for a starting role in a Packers wideout corps that often lacked reliable options beyond top target Davante Adams in 2019. The 25-year-old turned in his best season in 2017 with the Panthers, recording 63 catches for 840 yards and eight touchdowns while playing all 16 games.

Mar 24, 2020 5:55 PM EST

Could re-sign in Indy?

General manager Chris Ballard suggested Funchess (collarbone) could re-sign with the Colts, Kevin Bowen of 1075 The Fan reports.

Analysis: Funchess was unable to make good on his one-year, $10 million contract, missing the rest of the season after suffering a broken collarbone Week 1. He should be healthy before the start of the new league year in mid-March, and it sounds like the Colts would consider re-signing him at a lower price.

Jan 29, 2020 11:40 AM EST

Won't return to 53-man

Funchess (collarbone) won't be activated from injured reserve this season, Stephen Holder of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Funchess broke his collarbone near the end of a season-opening loss to the Chargers, which forced him to injured reserve. The Colts opened his 21-day window to return to the 53-man roster on Nov. 13, but despite getting some on-field reps the last three weeks, he'll miss the rest of the campaign, as the plate inserted to stabilize his collarbone didn't pan out, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Funchess is one of four Indy wideouts on IR, as Chester Rogers (knee), Daurice Fountain (ankle) and Steve Ishmael (knee) also are on the list.

Dec 4, 2019 5:14 PM EST

Not expected back from IR

The Colts don't plan to activate Funchess (collarbone) from injured reserve prior to the Dec. 4 deadline to do so, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Funchess has been sidelined since fracturing his collarbone in the season opener, but the Colts cleared him to resume practicing Nov. 13 with the expectation that he would eventually rejoin the 53-man roster. As Rapoport notes, Funchess' collarbone hasn't quite healed as Indianapolis anticipated, with the plate the wideout had inserted into his shoulder apparently not remedying the situation. With Funchess now in line to miss the rest of the season, the Colts will continue to rely on Zach Pascal, Marcus Johnson, Chester Rogers and Parris Campbell (hand) to fill out their receiver ranks when top option T.Y. Hilton (calf) is healthy again.

Dec 1, 2019 5:11 AM EST

Not ready to play

Funchess (collarbone) won't play Sunday against the Titans, Kevin Bowen of 107.5 The Fan Indianapolis reports.

Analysis: The report adds that the Colts have until next Wednesday to activate Funchess or keep him on IR for the rest of the season. With that in mind, it sounds as though coach Frank Reich is hopeful that Funchess could be ready to go next week, per George Bremer of The Anderson Herald Bulletin. Meanwhile, fellow wideout Parris Campbell (hand) is closer to a return to action and could play this weekend.

Nov 27, 2019 9:45 AM EST

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