GREEN BAY, Wis. (NBC 26) — The Packers are bringing back one of Aaron Rodgers' favorite teammates.
Veteran tight end Marcedes Lewis signed a two-year contract worth up to $8 million on Wednesday, according to multiple reports. It includes $4 million in guaranteed money.
Green Bay and TE Marcedes Lewis reached agreement on a two-year, $8 million deal that includes $4 million in guaranteed money, per source. Lewis will be returning for his 16th season, he’ll be 37 in May, and he still shows no signs of letting up.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 24, 2021
Lewis will turn 37 in May, but remains productive entering his 16th NFL season. He caught three touchdowns last season and is considered one of the best blocking tight ends in the league.
Perhaps most importantly, Lewis - or "Big Dog," as his teammates call him - is a crucial veteran presence in the Packers locker room.
"You can't quantify that (presence), you really can't. But you can feel it," Rodgers said of Lewis after the Packers playoff win over the Los Angeles Rams in January. "It's palpable, it's tangible. You can really reach out and touch that energy and that positivity and that love that he has for the guys, for myself."
Rodgers said Lewis is an important "support beam" for him.
Lewis released a series of tweets Wednesday expressing his excitement to return to Green Bay.
"After a decade and a half (in the NFL), I'm still addicted to the sacrifice," the soon-to-be 37-year-old said. "Still dedicated to the hard work."
For as long as I can remember, I’ve had an obsession for competition. The opposition that this league creates on a daily basis, is and will always be the determinant in regards to my endurance. The reason why I beat on my craft tirelessly.— Marcedes Lewis (@MarcedesLewis89) March 24, 2021
If Lewis plays through his contract, he will tie Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez and future Hall of Famer Jason Witten for the most NFL seasons played by a tight end (17).