Packers TE Marcedes Lewis wants to return for another season
The Green Bay Packers were bounced from the NFL postseason in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers after a terrific regular season under rookie head coach Matt LaFleur, gong 13-3. Despite coming up short of a berth to Super Bowl LIV, veteran tight end Marcedes Lewis is actively seeking another opportunity to play in the immediate future.
Lewis, 35, finished just his second season with the Packers after a 12-year run for most of his NFL tenure with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The one-time Pro-Bowlers, selected with the 28th overall pick by the Jaguars out of UCLA in the 2006 draft, signed two one-year contracts with the Packers prior to the 2018 and 2019 seasons. Again a free agent, Lewis wants to play for Green Bay and compete for the coveted spot to represent the NFC in the big game.
“Mentally and physically, I was in a really good place this year,” Lewis said, via Wes Hodkiewicz of packers.com, via Pro Football Talk. “I’d love to come back. When I wake up in the morning, I still love it.”
In limited use during the 2019 regular season, the veteran tight end recorded 15 receptions for 156 yards, scoring one touchdown in 16 games for the Packers. Lewis did not appear in the NFC North franchise’s divisional-round matchup against the Seattle Seahawks, and in Sunday’s conference title-game defeat to the 49ers, he totaled two catches for 14 yards via star quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
While the Packers are in a good spot—a promising head coach in LaFleur and one of the best playmakers under center in Rodgers—there are concerns under the surface like an aging team (Rodgers turned 36 in December) along with a lack of offensive threats besides their gunslinger.