This has been a potentially popular idea for a couple months. That the Green Bay Packers would sign veteran tight end Marcedes Lewis.
Lewis was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars in March. He will reportedly visit the Packers this week.
The former first-round pick certainly isn’t what he once was, but the Packers could use some tight end depth. Jimmy Graham, yes, of course. Lance Kendricks, okay. Emanuel Byrd, uhhhh…
Coach Mike McCarthy always talks about tight ends. It appears he finally has the guy he wants in Graham. There are still depth concerns.
Kendricks caught just 18 passes for 203 yards in 2017. The position has pretty much been a garbage heap since Jermichael Finley got injured and was forced to retire.
Graham will hopefully solve that, but it’s almost certain he’ll play outside like a receiver. The Packers could use a couple guys who could block.
Kendricks is likely one of those guys. Lewis could be the other one.
He was expected to be a big receiving threat coming out of UCLA in 2006. His best season was in 2010, when he caught 58 for 700 yards and 10 touchdowns. However, Lewis hasn’t had more than 400 yards receiving in a season since 2012.
He is still considered a good blocking tight end at age 34, though.
And here’s the Ted Thompson move. Lewis can likely be had on the cheap.
There hasn’t been much interest in Lewis since he’s been released. One-year deal on the cheap? Exactly what we’d be used to from the Packers. But not opposed. A good veteran presence to shore up the position.