Lewis played for the Jaguars over the last 12 seasons, consistently showing value as block-first tight end. With Jimmy Graham and Lance Kendricks on the roster as well, Lewis likely doesn't have a high ceiling as far as fantasy value goes. He did catch five touchdowns with Jacksonville in 2017 however, and he may get a few red zone targets if he's able to stick around in Green Bay.
Lewis is expected to visit with the Packers this week, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Lewis hasn't caught more than 25 passes in any of his last five seasons, but he did snag five touchdowns for a Blake Bortles-led offense in 2017. Regardless, Green Bay is presumably looking to bring him in as more of a blocking-oriented tight end than receiving threat, especially since the team already signed TE Jimmy Graham at the position. The 34-year-old isn't known to have generated interest from any another team this offseason.
The Jaguars plan to release Lewis, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
The Jaguars previously exercised their $3.5 million contract option for Lewis in 2018, which set the stage for the 2006 first-rounder to return for a 13th campaign with Jacksonville. However, the team changed course following the subsequent free agent additions of fellow tight ends Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Niles Paul. Lewis caught 24 passes for 318 yards and five TDs this past season, but at this stage of his career, the 33-year-old's blocking and ability in pass-protection are his primary calling cards.
While Lewis' salary isn't guaranteed for 2018, the transaction more or less indicates the Jaguars plan on bringing the tight end back for a 13th season. Lewis has long been a tertiary member of the Jaguars' passing attack, but his marks of 318 yards and five touchdowns last season were his best since 2013, though the production was mostly inflated by an outlier 62-yard, three-score performance in Week 3. Since Lewis is set to turn 34 years old in May, it wouldn't be a surprise if the Jaguars made adding a developmental tight end a priority during the early rounds of the draft in April.
Lewis (ankle) practiced fully Thursday.
Lewis, who caught all three of his targets for 17 yards in last weekend's playoff win over the Bills, will be a go Sunday against the Steelers. From a fantasy standpoint, Lewis is pretty touchdown-dependent, given that he topped 50 receiving yards just once over the course of the regular season. The tight end did log five TDs in 16 games, but that mark was boosted by an outlier three-TD output on Sept. 24.
|3||9/23/18||@ WAS||1:00 pm|
|5||10/7/18||@ DET||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 7|
|8||10/28/18||@ LAR||4:25 pm|
|9||11/4/18||@ NE||8:20 pm|
|11||11/15/18||@ SEA||8:20 pm|
|12||11/25/18||@ MIN||8:20 pm|
|15||12/16/18||@ CHI||1:00 pm|
|16||12/23/18||@ NYJ||1:00 pm|
|2018||Green Bay Packers||2||0||0||0||---||0||0||0||0||0|
|2018||Green Bay Packers||2||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2018||Green Bay Packers||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|