Packers: How much could it cost to re-sign Robert Tonyan?

Green Bay Packers, Robert Tonyan (Photo by John Fisher/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Robert Tonyan (Photo by John Fisher/Getty Images) /

This offseason, the Green Bay Packers must decide whether to offer free-agent tight end Robert Tonyan a new deal.

Tonyan is one of several important offensive players set to become free agents for the Packers, a list that also includes Allen Lazard, Randall Cobb, and Marcedes Lewis.

The Packers signed Tonyan to an affordable one-year contract a year ago. It was a team-friendly deal with Tonyan coming off a significant injury.

This season, Tonyan made 53 catches for 470 yards and two touchdowns.

Now, the Packers must decide whether to give Tonyan a new deal or whether they want to move on at tight end.

If the Packers decide to bring Tonyan back, how much could a new contract cost?

Spotrac estimates Tonyan’s market value to be at around $5 million per year. They project him to land a one-year deal worth $5.09 million. That’s similar to the contract he signed to stay in Green Bay last offseason.

After dominating in the 2020 season, Tonyan has struggled for consistency. He was a touchdown machine that year, finding the end zone 11 times in 16 games.

But in the 25 games he has played since, Tonyan has scored just four touchdowns.

It’s possible Aaron Rodgers’ future with the team could play a role. If Rodgers is back, he might prefer to have a trusted target like Tonyan return.

On another one-year deal, Tonyan would have the opportunity to get back to his 2020-best. If he could, a long-term deal in free agency next year could be the reward.

But if the Packers move forward with Jordan Love, the best option could be to start over at tight end in the draft.

If Tonyan isn’t back, tight end could become one of Green Bay’s top three offseason needs.

What are your thoughts? Should the Packers re-sign Robert Tonyan this offseason?