Thin at tight end, Packers reportedly visit with Gresham

Thin at tight end, Packers reportedly visit with Gresham

The Green Bay Packers’ thinnest position on offense – tight end – just might get a veteran boost. At the very least, general manager Ted Thompson is looking around for ways to improve the position.

NFL Network’s Rand Getlin reported Thursday evening that free-agent tight end Jermaine Gresham visited the Packers Thursday, the ex-Cincinnati Bengals tight end’s third recent visit to a team. He visited the Arizona Cardinals on Tuesday and the New Orleans Saints last month.

Gresham, 27, was the 21st overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft and caught 52 passes for 471 yards and four touchdowns last season, his fifth in Cincinnati. The Bengals reportedly have moved on and don’t want to bring him back, and the Oakland Raiders had him in for a visit in March, then stopped courting him when a physical revealed a herniated disc that required surgery.

Gresham has never had fewer than 46 receptions in a season. His best year came in 2012, when he caught 64 passes for 737 yards and five touchdowns in 16 games.

The Packers’ tight end depth chart currently consists of veteran Andrew Quarless, who was arrested in Miami Beach, Fla., earlier this month in a handgun incident; second-year man Richard Rodgers; rookie sixth-round pick Kennard Backman; Justin Perillo, who spent time on the practice squad and the 53-man roster last year; and undrafted rookies Mitchell Henry and Harold Spears.