Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson would surprise people this year if he went and signed a big-name free agent. I don’t see it happening. I do however see the Packers dipping into the second or third wave of free agents. So I’m taking a look at some low-key free agents the Packers might be interested in if the price is right.
At the tight end position, I have two players on my radar that I like for the Packers’ second tight end, assuming a re-signed Jared Cook is the first one.
First is the Seattle Seahawks Luke Willson.
He’s big, fast and playing second fiddle to Jimmy Graham in Seattle. With an upgrade at the QB position and a head coach that loves tight ends, Willson could significantly improve in Green Bay. He’s still young, at 27, has talent to relieve Cook on long drives or play at the same time, forming a deadly combo.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy talked about the importance of the attention a player demands — referring to Cook — and current No. 2 Richard Rodgers doesn’t demand any. Willson could make opposing defense think twice when it comes to the Packers’ tight end position.
Going back to just 2014, we can see what Willson is capable of in just three catches against Arizona.
Embarrassing… for the Cardinals.
The second player on my list is Ryan Griffin. Drafted in sixth round out of Connecticut by the Houston Texans in 2013, Griffin had 50 catches in 2016 for 442 yards.
Those numbers likely would have looked better if he didn’t have Brock Osweiler throwing him the ball.
Griffin is 6-6, 265 — he’s a big target, with four years experience under his belt. He fits the mold of the fast, big receiving tight end McCarthy wants. Griffin is also an above average blocker, something neither Cook or Rodgers are.