Tight end Marcedes Lewis is back for another go-round in Green Bay, agreeing to a multi-year contract with the Packers according to a report from NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. Per the report, it’s a two-year, $8 million dollar deal, though the guarantees have not yet been fully confirmed. Pelissero says the deal includes $2.1 million in guarantees, but ESPN’s Adam Schefter says it’s $4 million.
Lewis logged 422 snaps for the Packers in 2020, operating mostly as a blocker. He caught just 10 passes on the year, including three touchdowns. But Lewis isn’t in Green Bay to catch passes. He’s there to throw his 6-6, 270-pound frame in front of people, and he did that well. Pro Football Focus graded Lewis as the eighth-best run-blocking tight end in the league last year.
Lewis is also a well-respected voice in the locker room, drawing praise from just about every level of the Packers’ organization and serving as a mentor of sorts to the team’s younger tight ends. Given the role of tight ends in Matt LaFleur’s offense and the intangible value he provides, Lewis should be a relative bargain at this price, provided there’s minimal age-related slippage in his blocking.