While the Packers did re-sign Marcedes Lewis to a one-year deal this offseason, it’s no guarantee that he’ll be a part of the 53-man roster. Green Bay also kept Robert Tonyan, who could see an increase in snaps in his third season. The Packers also decided to keep Jimmy Graham and then drafted Jace Sternberger in the third round of April’s draft.
Could the Packers keep four tight ends on the roster? While it’s certainly possible, it’s unlikely. And if they like Tonyan’s potential and don’t want to lose him, Lewis might be the one who misses out on the 53-man roster.
Working in Lewis’ favor is that he’s the best blocker among the tight ends on the roster, so he can play an important role in Matt LaFleur’s offense this season. Graham and Sternberger are excellent receiving tight ends, but LaFleur might want to keep Lewis for his talent as a blocker.
Lewis was re-signed for a reason, but it’s worth noting that his deal is for only one year and is worth $2.1 million. The Packers would only be left with a dead cap hit of $500,000 if they moved on, so the possibility can’t be ruled out.