Bad news for Jordan Love as Packers lose key starter

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The Green Bay Packers have made major changes to their offense this offseason, moving on from veterans at several positions.

Marcedes Lewis has played a significant role in the Packers' offense over the past five seasons, but it appears his time in Green Bay is over.

According to Bill Huber of Sports Illustrated, the Packers won't be re-signing Lewis this offseason.

"Brian Gutekunst is going full speed ahead with second-round pick Luke Musgrave and third-round pick Tucker Kraft as the future at the position," Huber wrote.

Lewis was a popular player among his teammates. Keisean Nixon and Rasul Douglas recently made it clear on Twitter that they wanted the Packers to re-sign Lewis.

Despite drafting Luke Musgrave and Tucker Kraft in the early rounds, bringing back Lewis would've helped Jordan Love as he prepares for his first season as the starting quarterback.

Packers not re-signing Marcedes Lewis is bad news for Jordan Love

Gutekunst's plan makes sense. He has built a young receiving corps to grow with Jordan Love. However, keeping a veteran like Marcedes Lewis would've been beneficial.

The Packers drafted their two starting tight ends for the future, but the adjustment from college can take time. It's no guarantee either Luke Musgrave or Tucker Kraft will be ready to make a significant impact in year one.

Had the Packers brought back Lewis, they would've had the perfect player to learn from. Lewis is an excellent blocker, and even if he didn't play a full-time role, his return would make such a difference for the entire offense.

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Lewis wouldn't just help Love with his blocking and red-zone receiving ability, but also his leadership. Since arriving in Green Bay five years ago, Lewis has been one of the locker room leaders for the Packers.

Outside of Aaron Jones, David Bakhtiari, and Elgton Jenkins, there isn't a whole lot of experience for the Packers on offense. Having a veteran like Lewis on the team, who has 17 seasons in the NFL to draw from, would've benefitted everyone on offense, especially Love.

As Love adjusts to his first season as a starter, he will need to rely on an inexperienced receiving corps. He will have two new starting tight ends. His most experienced receivers are Christian Watson and Romeo Doubs, who were drafted only a year ago.

The Packers have added a lot of talent on offense. The future is bright. But not re-signing Lewis may prove to be a mistake.