The Green Bay Packers will have another busy off-season in 2023. Of course, it will be headlined by the looming Aaron Rodgers-New York Jets trade. However, there have been some free-agent moves already as well. Allen Lazard will play in the AFC, and Jarran Reed went to an NFC rival. Today we found out that the Green Bay Packers will be moving on from yet another free agent this off-season.
Green Bay Packers Will Not Bring Back Tight End Tyler Davis
Per Bill Huber of Sports Illustrated:
The Green Bay Packers are not tendering restricted free agent Tyler Davis, but the tight end is expected back in 2023.
By not tendering Davis, he officially will become an unrestricted free agent at 3 p.m. Wednesday. But with the uncertainty at tight end given the statuses of Robert Tonyan and Marcedes Lewis, Davis will stick around and contend for a major role next season.
Playing all 17 games in 2022, Davis caught 4-of-7 passes for 26 yards. Most of those yards came on a 23-yarder at Tampa Bay. Plus, he was fourth on the team with 10 stops on special teams.
The Packers had high hopes for Davis last offseason, when Tonyan was out following the ACL tear that ended his 2021 season.
Davis and Tonyan followed similar paths. Both players started their college careers as quarterbacks. Entering the 2016 season, Connecticut coaches wanted to get Davis on the field. So, they pitched a position change.
“I played quarterback basically my whole life,” Davis said in May. “We had a solidified starting quarterback and the head coach came up to me at the time and said, ‘Tyler, you can’t hold a clipboard on the sidelines. You’re too athletic. We need you somewhere.’ He said outside linebacker and I kind of was like, ‘Oof.’ I was like, ‘Oh, let me think about that one.’ He said, ‘How does tight end sound?’ I said, ‘It sounds good’ and it went from there.”
Tyler Davis is one of the three tight ends who could be gone in the 2023 off-season. Marcedes Lewis and Robert Tonyan are also pending free agents. It is very possible that the Packers will have a complete overhaul at the position by the start of the 2023 season. With star tight end Darren Waller recently being traded from the Las Vegas Raiders to the New York Giants, the Packers may be pressed to make a decision sooner rather than later.
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