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Packers sign Lance Kendricks

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Ted Thompson continues to upgrade the Packers’ tight ends.

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For the second consecutive day, the Green Bay Packers have upgraded their tight ends. On Saturday, the team announced the signing of free agent Lance Kendricks.

Kendricks played the past six season with the St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams. In that time, he twice posted 400 or more receiving yards and registered 17 touchdowns. However, the team cut ties with the former second-round pick earlier this offseason as part of a massive roster makeover.

In Green Bay, Kendricks will team with newly acquired Martellus Bennett to form one of the more athletic tight end duos in the league. For a team that struggled to replace Jermichael Finley for several years, the twin additions hold the potential to transform the Packers offense. Furthermore, because Kendricks received his release rather than hitting the open market after the expiration of his contract, the Packers do not risk losing a compensatory selection by acquiring him.

Kendricks, a Milwaukee native, played his college ball at the University of Wisconsin. During his senior year in 2010, he caught 43 passes for 663 yards and 5 touchdowns with former Packers backup Scott Tolzien as his quarterback.