Green Bay Packers fans have to be wondering why these four former players are still available in free agency this late into the offseason.
There is obviously one former Green Bay Packers player who the Cheeseheads will have a close eye on throughout at least the 2023 season with Aaron Rodgers now on the New York Jets while Jordan Love takes over in Green Bay. When it comes to former players that wore the green and gold, it doesn’t get any bigger than perhaps the greatest quarterback in franchise history suiting up for a new team.
Having said that, we’re late into the offseason. The draft is completed and the bulk of free agency has concluded as well. And yet, unlike Rodgers, there are some players who Packers fans are more than familiar with because of their respective times in Green Bay who have not been signed.
Let’s take a look at four of these former Packers who have not yet landed on a new team and perhaps try to understand why that’s the case as well — and if Green Bay should consider bringing them back into the fold.
Packers: 4 former players who are surprisingly still free agents
4. Marcedes Lewis, TE
Just turning 39 years old last week, that probably has a lot to do with the reason that Marcedes Lewis is still available in free agency. At the same time, though, when you look at his play in recent years, it’s still shocking that someone hasn’t added him to the roster at this point.
Make no mistake, what Lewis offers as a receiver in the modern NFL and at his age is extremely limited. Outside of the red zone, you might see him targeted enough times to count on your fingers throughout the entire season. That’s not why he’s stuck around, though. Lewis has been and remains an above-average blocker both against the run and the pass. That can’t be underestimated as essentially having a sixth offensive lineman that can also catch balls in a pinch.
When the early rumblings of Rodgers to the Jets started, there was reported interest for New York to bring Lews is, which most laughed at considering that he fit the bill of one of the quarterback’s friends that he’d want to play with. However, he also would’ve made sense for the Jets as they don’t necessarily have a player exactly of his ilk on the roster.
That is the case for several teams throughout the league. I don’t know for sure if the Packers would be interested, but re-signing him isn’t the worst idea either as they try to coach up and develop young rookies Tucker Kraft and Luke Musgrave. In any case, though, the expectation should still be that Marcedes Lewis will land somewhere before too long.
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