Packers Projected to Cut 26-Year-Old Playmaker

Getty The Green Bay Packers could move on from TE Josiah Deguara before the start of the 2023 season.

The Green Bay Packers loaded up on pass-catching weapons for Jordan Love in the 2023 NFL Draft, and those rookies could lead to general manager Brian Gutekunst parting ways with one of the team’s veteran playmakers.

Gutekunst and his staff doubled up on tight ends in this year’s draft, taking a pair of them in Luke Musgrave out of Oregon State and South Dakota State’s Tucker Kraft. With two playmakers coming into training camp, that could put Josiah Deguara’s roster spot at legitimate risk.

David Kenyon with Bleacher Report broke down the best player that each NFL team could cut prior to the start of training camp. When discussing the Packers, Kenyon mentioned Deguara as a likely cut candidate.

“To be perfectly honest, there isn’t a hugely compelling name in Green Bay,” Kenyon wrote. “But the Packers might move on from 2020 third-rounder Josiah Deguara, who’s maxed out at a 35 percent snap share in three seasons. It can hardly be a positive sign that Green Bay recently drafted tight ends Luke Musgrave and Tucker Kraft, too.”

Making The Case To Keep Josiah Deguara

While Deguara may have been listed as the team’s top cut candidate, there’s a real case to be made for retaining his services in 2023.

Financially, Deguara has a very reasonable contract for this season as a former third-round pick back in 2020. His cap hit is only $1.3 million for 2023, and he will be an unrestricted free agent following this season.

On the field, Deguara plays a completely different role than the other tight ends on Green Bay’s roster. The 26-year-old operates more like a fullback than a traditional tight end, working as a lead blocker in the running game while occasionally getting involved as a pass catcher.

The Packers have loved to be creative with their ground attack under head coach Matt LaFleur, and Deguara gives them another wrinkle to help run the ball. Given that skill set and his negligible cap hit for 2023, it seems more likely that Deguara will be playing for the Packers this year instead of being cut in training camp.

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