The Green Bay Packers have a number of former players signing with new teams this year. To name just a few, Allen Lazard signed with the New York Jets, Robert Tonyan signed with the Chicago Bears, and Dean Lowry signed with the Minnesota Vikings. There are still a number of players who could wind up elsewhere, however, there is one player who already found a new home in Jacksonville.
OL Cole Van Lanen Signs Tender With The Jacksonville Jaguars
According to NBC Sports:
Jaguars offensive tackle Cole Van Lanen has signed his exclusive rights tender. He joined Jacksonville in a trade with the Packers last August. Van Lanen ended up playing 18 offensive snaps and 63 on special teams in 16 games with the Jaguars last season.
The Packers made Van Lanen a sixth-round pick in 2021. He spent most of his rookie season on the practice squad but appeared in one game and played one offensive snap. Van Lanen played at Wisconsin, appearing in 45 games with 19 starts at left tackle in his four seasons with the Badgers.
The former Green Bay Packers offensive lineman has been training this off-season. Cole Van Lanen and Yosh Nijman have different accounts of how their training sessions at Synergy Sports Performance started.
“I just kind of came here and saw him one day and we started working out,” Nijman said.
“It wasn’t even that,” Van Lanen countered. “Just hooking back up with him, me being back, some guys I was with in Green Bay that are still here so just being able to get to see them. Yosh and I just kind of started coming here together. It’s been great being able to work with him.”
Regardless of how it began, the offensive linemen and former teammates have spent the last few weeks working out together.
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