Release or re-sign? Ryan Krause

Packers have nothing to lose by retaining tight end this offseason

Ryan Krause hardly made a splash last season with the Green Bay Packers, barely a ripple. Yet, the Packers should go ahead and re-sign the tight end to a contract this offseason because of his potential.

At 6-foot3, 244 pounds, Krause has good size. He has gathered some good experience in his time with the San Diego Chargers (sixth round pick in 2004) and last year with the Packers. With a full offseason in Green Bay, Krause should be able to improve his strength, blocking and receiving skills to the point where he can step in and contribute some more.

Krause, who turns 27 on June 16, was promoted to the team's active roster from the practice squad last October after Bubba Franks sprained his knee. Krause finished with just two catches for 11 yards in the regular season in the nine games that he played. He did not suit up for any of Green Bay's postseason games. Those kind of stats probably won't draw a lot of attention from other teams in free agency, so the Packers are best off re-signing Krause to a one-year deal with no bonus, and developing him some more. If he responds, great, and if not, the Packers are expected to use the draft and free agency to acquire more tight ends to improve the depth behind Donald Lee. The Packers really have nothing to lose this offseason with Krause and a lot to gain.

Todd Korth is managing editor of PackerReport.com and Packer Report magazine. E-mail him at packrepted@aol.com.


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