Packers hold onto one of Aaron Rodgers’ favorite targets, Allen Lazard
The Green Bay Packers have tendered wide receiver Allen Lazard as an exclusive rights free agent, meaning that Lazard will be back with the club in 2020, according to Michael Perrett of Element Sports.
Lazard is coming off a 2019 campaign in which he played every game and caught 35 passes for 477 yards and three touchdowns.
The 24-year-old, who played his collegiate football at Iowa State, went undrafted but eventually landed with the Packers in 2018, when he appeared in just one contest and logged one catch for seven yards.
He spent four years at Iowa State, arriving at the school back in 2014. He had a solid freshman year, registering 45 grabs for 593 yards and three scores. During his sophomore season, his role grew, as he snared 56 balls for 808 yards while reaching the end zone six times.
Lazard then broke out in his junior campaign, hauling in 69 receptions for 1,018 yards and seven touchdowns. He went on to post similar numbers in his senior year, finishing with 71 catches for 941 yards and 10 scores.
Outside of Davante Adams, Green Bay is very thin at wide receiver, so retaining Lazard is certainly a good move that should make Aaron Rodgers happy.
Of course, the Packers still need help in terms of weapons, as they have yet to add anyone of significance in free agency. Of course, there is still plenty of time left for Green Bay to make a move given free agency just got underway at the start of this week.
The Packers won 13 games and captured the NFC North title this past season, locking up a first-round bye. They proceeded to defeat the Seattle Seahawks in the Divisional Round of the playoffs before falling to the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game.