Now that the final preseason game is over, push has come to shove.
The Packers have seven tight ends on their roster, six of them with a legitimate claim to making the team. But obviously Green Bay isn’t going to keep six tight ends.
There’s probably room for four tight ends on the Packers roster, maybe five if the chips fall perfectly, but don’t count on it.
With a day off until 53-man rosters have to be finalized on Saturday, general manager Ted Thompson can work the phones. He’ll do his best to trade a tight end, maybe even two.
There’s two players, in particular, that have trade value––third-year veteran D.J. Williams and first-year player Brandon Bostick.
Seeing as there’s probably not room for both of them in Green Bay, the Packers would probably love to get something, anything, in return––even if it’s a late round draft choice. Otherwise at least one of them will have to be cut.
With injuries happening around the league, there’s a need for tight ends.
Out in Miami, where former Packers assistant Joe Philbin is the head coach, there’s likely an opening after Dustin Keller suffered a gruesome knee injury in the preseason.
Out in Oakland, where former Packers front office executive Reggie McKenzie is the general manager, there’s no clear-cut favorite at the position.
And out in Tampa Bay, former Packers tight end Tom Crabtree was injured last night, leaving the team thin, at least until he gets healthy.
Jermichael Finley is the obvious starter in Green Bay. The Packers also have Andrew Quarless, Matthew Mulligan, Ryan Taylor and Jake Stoneburner at tight end, all of whom would probably be available as well, but they probably aren’t as attractive trade targets.