Packers: How many tight ends are under contract in 2023?
Robert Tonyan and Marcedes Lewis are free agents this offseason. How many tight ends do the Green Bay Packers have under contract in 2023?
As things stand, tight end could be one of Green Bay’s top two offseason needs.
If Tonyan and Lewis are both gone this offseason, which tight ends remain under contract?
Which tight ends are under contract for Packers in 2023?
To put it simply, there’s a reason why many mock drafts have the Packers selecting Notre Dame tight end Michael Mayer in the first round.
By the time the 2023 NFL Draft rolls around, tight end could be the Packers’ number one need.
Currently, the Packers’ tight ends under contract in 2023 are Josiah Deguara, Austin Allen, and Nick Guggemos.
If Tonyan and Lewis are gone in free agency, Green Bay will lack depth at tight end.
Deguara would suddenly become the No. 1 tight end, but he has just six career starts.
While Deguara has a role to play as a blocker, he hasn’t made many catches in Matt LaFleur’s offense. In his first three seasons, Deguara has made 39 receptions for 371 yards and two touchdowns.
Tonyan has been Green Bay’s pass-catching tight end, Lewis an outstanding blocker. Losing both would be tough for this offense. Replacing either won’t be easy.
Fortunately, there should be plenty of talented tight ends available in the early rounds of the 2023 NFL Draft. The Packers should be able to get help at the position on Day 1 or 2, even if they look elsewhere in the first round.
It has been a while since Green Bay had a difference-maker at tight end, at least in the receiving game.
Maybe the Packers will bring back one of Tonyan or Lewis. Perhaps both come back. But if they are both gone, tight end will become a major need for Green Bay.