The Green Bay Packers are bringing back tight end Marcedes Lewis.
Tight end is a need for the Green Bay Packers this offseason.
But finding a tight end who can block is now less of a concern, as the Packers are re-signing Marcedes Lewis to a one-year deal, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. We don’t yet know all of the details of the contract, but it’s likely a cap-friendly deal for the Packers.
Despite being signed last offseason due to his blocking ability, Mike McCarthy didn’t feature him often enough in his offense, instead using Lance Kendricks. According to Pro Football Reference, Lewis played on just 17.69 percent of the team’s offensive snaps in 2018. But in Matt LaFleur’s offense, there’s a good chance he’ll be given more opportunities.
With LaFleur likely to lean on the ground game more frequently, bringing in a tight end who can block is important. Lewis can do that.
This likely doesn’t change much to the Packers’ draft plans.
The Packers now have Jimmy Graham, Lewis and Robert Tonyan under contract for the 2019 season, but there’s no guarantee any of them will still be on the roster a year from now. The Packers need to find the long-term answer at the position, and selecting T.J. Hockenson or Noah Fant in the first round would help them do just that.
Other teams have the opportunity to offer Allison a contract, and if Allison signs the offer sheet, the Packers would have the chance to match the deal.
A change at head coach always brings some uncertainty, but Matt LaFleur clearly believes both Lewis and Allison can contribute in his offense.