Packers Re-Sign TE Marcedes Lewis; Sign LS Fortunato

By Adam Roberts – 3/25/2021

Aaron Rodgers has made it clear that one of his favorite teammates over the last few years has been veteran tight end Marcedes Lewis. The two have formed a personal and professional connection since Lewis was brought in from Jacksonville, and it seems the team’s front office understands this as Lewis will be sticking around for at least another couple of years.

In an offseason loaded with “will they or won’t they” and tough budget decisions, Green Bay has decided to re-sign Lewis to a two-year, eight million dollar deal with around 2.1 million of that guaranteed money. ESPN’s Adam Schefter was first to break the news.

Lewis will almost always appear behind Robert Tonyan on the stat sheet, recording just 10 receptions in 2020 for three scores, but it’s what he brings to the blocking game that is most appreciated by Rodgers and Co. Not to mention, not many tight ends are still playing at Lewis’s quality in the year they’ll turn 37.

Green Bay also signed long snapper Joe Fortunato yesterday, indicating the team may be ready to explore options beyond Hunter Bradley. According to ESPN’s Rob Demovsky, new special teams coordinator Maruice Drayton said yesterday that both Bradley and punter JK Scott are aware that they need to impress this year to keep their jobs. One area Bradley should have a leg up on Fortunato: the later has never snapped in a regular season game.