It’s late May and the Packers are still looking for free agents. What’s the world coming to?
Brian Gutekunst’s latest addition is Marcedes Lewis, a 6-6, 255 pound tight end who has spent all 12 of his NFL seasons to date with the Jacksonville Jaguars. While the Packers’ forays into free agency at the tight end position lately have been...uh...mixed, Lewis comes with a solid reputation and brings another reliable presence to the offense.
Lewis has never been a field stretching tight end, and at 34-years old that’s not likely to change. But that may not matter to the Packers, as Zach Kruse explains. Lewis offers plenty the team didn’t already have at tight end, bringing a complementary skill set to a position group that already added Jimmy Graham this offseason.
Marcedes Lewis is old enough to have had three opportunities to play every NFC North team (though he was injured for Jacksonville’s 2016 game against the Vikings), including the Packers. Here’s a quick look at how he fared against the North.
Lewis represents another signing that would have been a little unusual during the Ted Thompson era, when the Packers rarely delved into free agency and certainly didn’t make any moves in late May. This piece gives a good look at how Brian Gutekunst’s first offseason at the helm compares to Thompson’s, which was a lot more tumultuous than you may remember.
Some exciting news for another guy to wear 89 for the Packers: hoodie aficionado James Jones will be inducted into the San Jose State athletics Hall of Fame this fall. Prior to his nine-year NFL career, Jones caught 126 passes for 1,496 yards and 12 touchdowns while lining up for the Spartans.
Cliff Christl, as always, is mandatory reading for anyone interested in Packers history. Here, he dives deep into one of the most ignominious chapters of Packers lore: Bruce Clark’s decision to spurn the Packers and head to the CFL rather than spend his career in what was then an NFL wasteland.