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Cheese Curds, 3/23: Packers still need to find talent, bodies at tight end

With Big Bob off to Chicago and Big Dog still a free agent, the Packers probably need both a veteran and a rookie at the position.

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Out of the four tight ends who saw time on the field for the Green Bay Packers in 2022, just two have returned, and those two are the ones on the second line of the depth chart. Josiah Deguara is back for the final year of his rookie contract and Tyler Davis re-signed with the team. With no Robert Tonyan (who signed with the Chicago Bears as a free agent) and no Marcedes Lewis (who remains a free agent), the team needs an influx of bodies and top-end at that position.

There aren’t many free agent options left besides Lewis, and the pool got a bit shallower on Wednesday. One of the top players on the market at the position is stepping away from football to deal with a major medical issue, leaving a host of less-than-exciting players on the market. Lewis might be the top option left, with names like Cameron Brate, Geoff Swaim, and Dan Arnold leading the remainder of the list.

Although it’s possible that one of those players could be a Packer in 2023, the team will need to find some youth and talent at the position in the NFL Draft. Thankfully, all signs point to the team giving this year’s top tight ends a long look, with at least one player coming to Green Bay for an in-person visit and the team meeting extensively with others at offseason events.

With this year’s tight end class being one of the deepest and strongest in recent memory, the Packers probably cannot afford to wait until day three of the draft to pick one. Perhaps that selection comes as high as #15, but a second-round pick also feels entirely reasonable.

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