3 Packers players who will not be missed in 2023 season
2. Robert Tonyan, TE
Robert Tonyan has been a reliable receiving option in the Packers’ passing game in recent seasons, but the offense has lacked a true difference-maker at tight end for years.
Tonyan showed signs of becoming that player in 2020 when he caught 11 touchdowns and made a number of big plays.
Unfortunately, Tonyan has been unable to recapture that form.
Returning from a torn ACL this season, Tonyan was active for all 17 games. But he only started three of those games, fewer than the five he started in 2021 when he missed half the season due to injury.
Tonyan only caught two touchdown passes and averaged a career-worst 8.9 yards per catch, according to Pro Football Reference.
With Tonyan and Marcedes Lewis both free agents this offseason, the Packers’ best option could be to start over and build long-term.
Free-agent options include Mike Gesicki and Dalton Schultz, although it’s unclear whether either will hit free agency.
In the draft, the Packers could consider Dalton Kincaid, Luke Musgrave, Michael Mayer, and Darnell Washington in the opening couple of rounds.
Re-signing Tonyan remains an option, but after his breakout season in 2020, he has struggled to maintain that level of play.
Starting over at tight end might be Green Bay’s best option moving forward.