The Packers have some work to do this offseason. There is some retooling that needs to happen to the team. There is one position that needs to make more of an impact next season. It was non-existent this season and the reason why is very clear. The Packers are the lowest spenders of the tight end position.
Only four NFL teams have fewer than $20 million 2023 dollars devoted to their WR + TE rooms (Over The Cap)
1. Packers ($11.3M)
2. Bears ($16.7M)
3. Colts ($18.4M)
4. Falcons ($19.5M)
— Ian Hartitz (@Ihartitz) January 23, 2023
Packers Are The Lowest Spenders At Tight End
Green Bay is only one of four teams to spend less than $20 million on the tight end position. They are solidly in first only spending $11.3 million on the position. It was very obvious this weekend that the Packers need an upgrade at the position. All four of the remaining teams have prioritized the tight end position. Travis Kelce, Dallas Goedert, Hayden Hurst, and George Kittle are all a huge part of the offenses. If the Packers offense is going to get back to scary good, their tight end position needs to be upgraded.
Draft Or Free Agency?
Free agency is tricky because often good tight ends are not available. The Dolphins Mike Gisicki hinted at hitting free agency and would be a decent pickup for the Packers. What is more likely is the Packers find a solid tight end in the draft. The Packers are one of the favorites to draft Michael Mayer out of Notre Dame but even if the Packers do not get him, there is plenty of talent in the mid-rounds. However they go about it, they need to invest in the position.
Spending less than the Bears on a position should tell you all you need to know. If the Packers offense is going to be a force long-term, they need to find their elite tight end.