Best free agent acquisitions in Green Bay Packers history: 14. Ed West
Ed West spent 14 years in the league playing tight end, despite not being drafted out of Auburn in 1984. While he played his final three seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles (1995-96) and the Atlanta Falcons (1997), West is easily best remembered for his time with the Packers.
Signed as an undrafted free agent in 1984, West played for some bad Packers teams in Green Bay before Brett Favre arrived. West’s Packers career overlapped with Favre’s for only three years from 1992 to 1994. However, West’s 11 years in Green Bay proves he had great staying power in the league and within the Packers organization.
Overall, West was never anything close to a Pro Bowl level tight end. That being said, Green could expect a catch or so a game from him, averaging over a dozen yards per contest, while in the midst of his prime from 1986 to 1984.
West was at his best from 1988 to 1991, as he had at least 15 catches for 151 yards and three receiving touchdowns each season. He finished with 202 career receptions for 2,231 receiving yards and 25 touchdown catches in his 11 years with the Packers.
Though these numbers aren’t overly impressive, to get that kind of consistent production out of an undrafted tight end with suspect quarterback play throughout most of his tenure can’t be overlooked.
Of the players featured on this all-time list, only one guy played with the Packers longer than did West in his 11 seasons with the team upon signing as a free agent. Longevity and consistency are what have West cracking the top-15 at No. 14.