There have been promising reports recently about Jermichael Finley's recovery from neck surgery. Still, it's tough to get a read on what sort of value he will find on the free-agent market when it opens up in a week. Over the past three seasons, no tight end with at least 165 targets has dropped balls at a higher rate (7.1 percent) than Finley. He also has been a shoddy pass-blocker and prone to other injuries as a pro.
The negatives could keep his market value low enough that the Green Bay Packers could re-sign him on a one-year prove-it deal, but most signs are that they will let him walk. TE Andrew Quarless also is a free agent and could depart, which would leave the team leaning on second-year man Brandon Bostick. He could carry some upside due to his athleticism, but he is a raw project.
In other words, we should expect the Packers to bring in some tight end talent this offseason via free agency or, more likely, the draft. Who might they target?
ESPN NFL Insider Mel Kiper Jr. thinks the Packers could target Texas Tech TE Jace Amaro.
"He didn't set the world on fire with his workouts in Indy, but he can be a reliable target for a team that could use that description at tight end. Can get his big frame on defenders and not be a pushover as a blocker," Kiper wrote.
"Passes to Green Bay tight ends last year traveled an average of only 6.62 yards, 28th in the league," noted Joyner. "Chandler's 8.36 pass yards average ranked 12th among tight ends last year and suggests he could help turn this trend around for the Packers."
Tight end is the only offensive skill position that has a question mark next to it for the Packers, so it will be interesting to see how they handle it this offseason.