With Davante Adams gone, Allen Lazard had the task of stepping up as the Green Bay Packers‘ top wide receiver this past season.
Now a free agent, has Lazard played his final snap in Green Bay, or will he return on a new multi-year deal?
But first, let’s review Lazard’s career year in Green Bay.
2022 season review
Lazard played a key role on offense this season. He led the Packers in receiving with 788 yards and six touchdowns. Along with setting a new career-best in receiving yards, Lazard also had career-highs in receptions (60) and targets (100).
That’s not surprising, as he needed to step into a bigger role without Davante Adams.
He was unable to replace Adams’ production, but let’s be honest, who can? That was never the expectation.
Lazard remained a consistent, reliable target in the passing game. A player always there to make plays when the Packers need him. According to Pro Football Reference, 45 of his 60 catches went for first downs.
He’s not just a valuable part of the offense due to his pass-catching ability, but also the unselfish plays he makes regularly. Lazard is an excellent blocker, often creating room for running backs and receivers to pick up yards.
Lazard might not provide WR1 production, but he has so much to offer any offense he is part of.
Lazard is an unrestricted free agent. Unless the Packers franchise-tag him, which seems highly unlikely, he will be free to decide his future.
Maybe that is returning to Green Bay on a new contract. It can’t be ruled out.
But given Lazard’s consistency as a pass-catcher and ability to block, there should be plenty of interest across the league. And if another team offers Lazard a deal the Packers can’t match, his time in Green Bay could be over.