Last week we saw the Green Bay Packers bring in former Cincinnati Bengals tight end Jermaine Gresham. It would appear as though the coaching staff believes that there are improvements that the Packers could make from outside of their team.
Coming into the first week of training camp, the Packers currently only have 88 players on their roster. Here are some of the top candidates the Packers could be looking into signing since Gresham signed with the Arizona Cardinals.
Zach Miller is the clear cut winner among all free agent tight ends right now. He’s a seven year pro with four years experience with the Oakland Raiders and three with the Seattle Seahawks. Miller’s best season statistically came in 2009 when he caught 66 receptions for 805 yards and three touchdowns.
The following season was just as productive and Miller was elected to the Pro Bowl. After reaching two Super Bowls with the Seahawks in 2014 and 2015, Seattle released Miller after he failed a physical back in March. Had Miller returned to Seattle, he would have been blanketed on the depth chart behind Anthony McCoy, Luke Wilson, and recently acquired Jimmy Graham.
Miller’s experience is definitely a plus for a tight end core starved for experience. If he came in to Green Bay he’d be the most experienced tight end to play for the Packers since Donald Lee. Miller will be 30 in December. He’s by no means a long term investment, but possibly a temporary replacement for the less than spectacular Andrew Quarless.
It’s tough to imagine that the Packers would keep four tight ends on the regular season roster with the way their wide receiver depth is. If Miller were to make the team I don’t think there would be any exceptions made to there being more than three tight ends. The odd man out would probably be Quarless.
It was odd enough with the Packers bringing in Gresham for a workout. If they end up actually signing another tight end, it has to make us wonder about how much faith the Packers coaching staff truly has in it’s tight ends.