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Packers sign TE Lewis

Veteran tight end is third all-time leading receiver in Jaguars’ team history


The Green Bay Packers have signed TE Marcedes Lewis. General Manager Brian Gutekunst announced the transaction Friday.

Lewis (6-6, 267), originally a first-round pick (No. 28 overall) by Jacksonville in 2006 out of UCLA, played in 170 games (No. 3 in franchise history) with 156 starts (No. 2 in franchise history) in 12 seasons with the Jaguars. He joins WRs Jimmy Smith (12,287) and Keenan McCardell (6,393) as one of three Jaguars to record 4,000-plus career receiving yards (4,502). Lewis ranks No. 3 in franchise history in receptions (375) and No. 2 in receiving touchdowns (33). Since 2006, Jacksonville has averaged 4.31 yards per carry, No. 9 in the NFL over that span. Last season, he helped the Jaguars rank No. 1 in the NFL in rushing (141.4 ypg) for the first time in team history. Lewis started all five postseason games he played in for Jacksonville, recording 10 receptions (No. 4 in franchise history) for 111 yards (11.1 avg.) and a TD.

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