Allen Lazard is one of many starters for the Green Bay Packers set to hit free agency this offseason.
With Davante Adams traded last spring, Lazard became Aaron Rodgers’ top target, leading to new career bests in receptions and receiving yards.
Lazard finished the 2022 season with 60 catches for 788 yards and six touchdowns. He played in 15 games, starting each of them.
Despite being a reliable target for Rodgers and a willing blocker, Lazard was unable to take the step up to become a top WR1. But Lazard is a talented player, and the Packers’ offense is better when he’s on the field.
Like last year when the Packers lost Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Equanimeous St. Brown in free agency, the team has to determine whether it can afford to give Lazard a new deal.
How much could a new contract cost?
Spotrac has projected that Lazard’s market value is around $11 million per year. They projected a three-year deal worth $33.16 million for Lazard in free agency.
That’s reasonable, and Lazard certainly deserves a new deal for everything he can add to an offense.
Lazard is best suited as a number two or three option in an offense. He is a great complementary wide receiver who has shown the ability to step up and make plays at key moments in games.
He is also the Packers’ best blocker at the wide receiver position. So many big plays have come as a result of a Lazard block. He even blocked three Miami Dolphins defenders on one play earlier this season.
It comes down to whether Green Bay believes Lazard can be a big part of the offense moving forward. Perhaps Aaron Rodgers’ future will also play a role.
Lazard may feel he can get a better deal elsewhere, and there should be no shortage of interest from other teams should he hit free agency.