Free Agency and the NFL Draft have come and gone. This offseason the Green Bay Packers were anticipated to part ways with some of their veteran pass-catchers. However, I don’t think they initially planned on the average age of that group dropping from 27 to 24 years old. With six of their eight anticipated top pass-catchers being 23 or under, there’s definitely a youth movement with the Packers offensive weapons. But is the list of Packers pass catchers completed?

As it stands right now, this is the Packers Wide Receiver and Tight Ends list:

WR: Christian Watson, Romeo Doubs, Samori Toure, Bo Melton, Jeff Cotton, Jayden Reed, Dontayvion Wicks, Grant DuBose, Duece Watts, and Malik Heath.

TE: Josiah Deguara, Tyler Davis, Tucker Kraft, Luke Musgrave, Austin Allen, Nick Guggemos, and Camren McDonald.

The last two NFL Drafts have provided the Packers with a pretty good foundation of young talent on the Offensive side of the ball. New starting Quarterback Jordan Love has some promising pass catchers that could be with him for the next three to four years at the least. For a 24-year-old Quarterback to have most of his targets locked in for the next three to four years could be a pretty big advantage.

But with the youth movement, there lacks experience. Could the Packers look to add one more weapon that has a bit more mileage in the league.

Free Agent Pass Catchers

I don’t anticipate a big signing. But a one-year deal for a veteran pass-catcher could be in order to help lead this group of young bucks. With the two well-rounded Tight Ends Luke Musgrave and Tucker Kraft drafted in the 2nd and 3rd rounds, I can’t think of one better to lead them than the Big Dog, Marcedes Lewis.

It’s recently become noted that Lewis is not interested in joining Aaron Rodgers with the Jets. Contrary to these rumors it’s actually made the rounds that Big Dog wants to return to the Packers.

With the Big Dog back on the team, the Packers will gain one of their top locker room leaders. With two of the Packers’ top four draft picks in the same room as Lewis, that will go a long way for their rookie season. If there’s one thing Marcedes Lewis will teach these young men, it’s selflessness.

In Lewis’ five seasons with the Packers, he only caught 57 catches, only scored six touchdowns. Those five seasons are less than his best season in the NFL in 2010. He’s been a blocker much more than a pass-catcher. Most would attribute that to his age, but it’s also a display of his selflessness. His willingness to do whatever it takes to help his team win.

This is something the young Tight Ends of the Packers can benefit from. I hope Lewis is brought back as he has much to teach this young group of Tight Ends.


The last few years have not been kind to Free Agent veteran receivers with the Packers. The Devin Funchess and Sammy Watkins experiments went absolutely nowhere. After those two, the Packers still had a handful of veterans to help out the young ones. But the loss of Allen Lazard and Randall Cobb leaves the Packers receivers room very young and inexperienced.

It stands to reason that the Packers could look in to bringing a veteran voice to the room. But who? A few names have been mentioned. Kenny Golladay, TY Hilton, Jarvis Landry, and Julio Jones. As much as I’d like to see Golladay added to see what he could do, or Hilton added simply due to the fact that he was always a Fantasy Football Favorite of mine, I don’t see it happening.

Most of these receivers I believe would be looking to revitalize their careers. They’d be more interested in showing they still have it and being a top WR in the room than helping mentor the youth.

If there’s a receiver I could see the Packers adding, it’s Corey Davis. Many times, the Packers have attempted to acquire Davis. In 13 games last year Davis still had 32 catches for 536 yards and 2 touchdowns. At 28, Davis still has a few good years left.

It surprised me that Corey Davis was not part of the Aaron Rodgers trade. But that could be due to his hefty contract. With the Jets now having a crowded receivers room, it stands to reason that Davis could be released. If that happens, I believe the Packers should pounce and get him for cheaper.

Granted his presence could take away from some of the younger receivers, they need a leader too. Davis could provide a veteran presence along with great production and familiarity with LaFleur’s offense.

The Packers could still fill some spots on their roster with veterans, their youth movement as I said, still needs leaders, so a few bargain Free Agents could still be in the future.

Greg Meinholz is a lifelong devoted Packer fan. A contributor to PackersTalk as well as CheeseheadTV. Follow him on Twitter at @gmeinholz. for Packers commentary, random humor, beer endorsements, and occasional Star Wars and Marvel ramblings.