5 former Packers failing miserably with their new teams in 2023

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4. Allen Lazard

At this stage of the season, it's probably fair to say that Allen Lazard has been one of the biggest free agent disappointments in the entire league. The New York Jets prioritized Lazard, who had a variety of suitors in the offseason including the Denver Broncos, and gave him a four-year contract worth $44 million and $22 million guaranteed.

Lazard, like a number of other guys, was following Nathaniel Hackett and Aaron Rodgers to Green Bay where the transition should have been rather seamless, right?

Well, it hasn't been a seamless transition at all. Coming off of a season in which he racked up a career-high 788 receiving yards, Lazard is currently on pace for just over 500 receiving yards this season, with 273 yards in the team's first eight games and one touchdown.

That's not the type of production you expect from someone who has a $44 million contract, but then again, Lazard was expecting to catch passes from Aaron Rodgers and not Zach Wilson, so all of the blame for underachieving is not squarely on him. But Lazard already has four dropped passes this season, and former NFL linebacker Bart Scott didn't mince words when evaluating his performance.

There were some rumors about the Jets potentially being interested in acquiring Davante Adams at the NFL trade deadline, and that would absolutely be out of necessity. Lazard has been a free agency disappointment for them.