Packers: Eight players who might not be back in 2020 season

Green Bay Packers, Jimmy Graham (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
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Green Bay Packers, Lane Taylor
Green Bay Packers guard Lane Taylor (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images) /

8. Lane Taylor

Since the start of 2016, Lane Taylor has started 47 games for the Packers, mostly at guard. That includes two this season before he got injured. Taylor’s injury opened the door for rookie Elgton Jenkins at left guard, and he’s been outstanding. According to ESPN, Jenkins has the third-best pass block win rate among guards in the NFL at 97 percent.

Taylor will enter the final year of his contract in 2020. According to Spotrac, he’ll have a cap hit of $5.93 million. With Jenkins and Billy Turner starting at the two guard positions, Taylor would likely be a backup in 2020, and that’s a lot of money to pay for a player not starting each week.

The Packers could make a cap saving of around $4.5 million if they decided to move on in the offseason.

7. Marcedes Lewis

Marcedes Lewis is a free agent in the spring. He’s mostly used as a blocker in Matt LaFleur’s offense, and at the right price, Brian Gutekunst may offer him a new one-year contract. But Lewis turns 36 in the offseason and the Packers may decide to move forward with Jace Sternberger, who they drafted in the third round this year, and Robert Tonyan.

Lewis has played on less than half of the Packers’ offensive snaps this season, according to Pro Football Reference.