Allen Lazard enters the race for the role of best WR of the Green Bay Packers

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Allen Lazard ended the inevitable Monday morning, signing his restricted free-agent offer with the Green Bay Packers.

There was never any doubt that Lazard would sign the second-round offer worth $3.986 million, even as he skipped the offseason program in hopes of securing a long-term deal with the franchise. A team would have needed to place a first-round offer on Lazard for him to play elsewhere this fall.

The Packers had no incentive to extend Lazard to a long-term deal this offseason, and the fifth-year wide receiver’s salary in 2022 would have plummeted to the minimum for fifth-year veterans, a loss of roughly $3 million.

“I certainly hope that one comes to a resolution here quickly,” coach Matt LaFleur said at minicamp last week. “Obviously we’d love for him to be here with us. He’s a huge part of our football team, not just because of his game but how he goes out there and works and helps others.”

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Allen Lazard catches a touchdown pass against the Detroit Lions on January 9, 2022 at Ford Field.

Now Lazard has a chance to secure the Packers’ wide receiver job that was vacated when Davante Adams was traded to the Las Vegas Raiders, and Marquez Valdes-Scantling signed as a free agent with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Lazard got a chance to take on a more prominent role in the Packers’ passing game late last season. He caught five touchdowns in the last five games of the regular season, building chemistry with quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Lazard finished last season with 60 goals, 40 receptions, 513 yards and a career-high eight touchdowns.

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