The Green Bay Packers have a huge roster hole at one position. The tight end position needs some help as Robert Tonyan left to join the Chicago Bears in free agency. While the Packers will likely draft one (or two) tight ends in the draft, there are also some options in free agency. Here are 3 free agent tight ends that are still available.
#3 Irv Smith Jr.
The rest of the division is doing it so why not us? Smith Jr. has spent the last couple of seasons with the Minnesota Vikings. He has struggled with injuries which could be a red flag in signing him. However, it likely means that they could get him at a decent price. When he had been healthy, he has been a good receiving threat, something the Packers desperately need at the position. Taking a flyer on Smith Jr. would not be the worst idea.
#2: Austin Hooper
Hooper might be a little bit of a stretch for the Green Bay Packers to sign. At 28 years old, he is most likely looking for a multi-year deal and the team might not be looking to commit to anyone long-term. However, Hooper has shown some explosiveness in the passing game and could be a great option to bridge the gap as a couple of rookies get acclimated to the NFL.
#1: Dalton Schultz
Of all the free agent tight ends available, this one still confuses me. Schultz is only 26 years old and was a key cog in the Dallas Cowboys offense for the past couple of seasons. He has his weaknesses. Schultz doesn’t possess game-breaking speed which means he isn’t going to create a lot of separation on routes. However, he is a sure-handed receiver who also blocks well in the run game. If the Packers are looking to make a big swing at the position, Schultz could be a great option.
Green Bay Packers And Free Agent Tight Ends
The Packers may decide not to sign anyone and instead load up in the draft. The position is deep and they could easily pick up two to three quality players at the position. What the Packers decide to do, the team desperately needs an upgrade at the tight end position.
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