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A Look At the Green Bay Packers' Tight Ends After Drafting Andrew Quarless

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 03:  Jermichael Finley #88 of the Green Bay Packers catches a five-yard touchdown pass over Greg Toler #28 of the Arizona Cardinals in the third quarter at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 3, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Ryne EberleContributor IIJuly 8, 2010

If there's any position that you don't need three or four quality players, it could arguably be the tight end spot.

That's the exact predicament that the Packers are in after drafting Andrew Quarless out of Penn State in this year's draft.

Quarless joins the tight end group that includes Jermichael Finley and Donald Lee. Both are good players in two different places in their respective careers.

Lee is the eight-year vet who had a breakout season in 2007. He progressively declined the two seasons after that in receptions, yards and touchdowns.

Finley is the younger, more explosive player who racked up incredible numbers (55 receptions, 676 yards and five touchdowns) despite being the starter for half the season.

Then there's Quarless.

Although he had a good final year at Penn State, most of the attention surrounding him is about his behavior off the field.

Putting the controversy aside, Quarless has the size and ability to be a good blocking tight end or contribute on special teams.

Unfortunately for Lee, those are also the main (if not only) areas that he can contribute to in 2010.

That creates a battle between the two players.

If that wasn't enough, there's Spencer Havner, who caught four touchdowns (three more than Lee) last season and can also contribute on special teams.

Even though he can contribute to the team this year, Havner may only be a short-term option since he will be a restricted free agent after this season.

It would be nice to have all of them, but that is unrealistic considering that Lee is making more money than the rest of the tight ends.

Although Lee may be getting paid more, the lesser-paid newcomers can contribute just as much, if not more.

While the Packers may be dealing with this tight end position battle, Lee's trade value can benefit the team. 

He may not be the Packers starting tight end, but he could start for many other teams in the league. 

Given the team's depth at the TE position, it can be argued the Quarless pick wasn't necessary and another area should have been addressed. 

Sending Lee somewhere else could land a draft pick that could address that area, or a player to create immediate depth.

Either way, the Packers still have a star tight end and quality depth behind him. This can be very beneficial to the Packers' campaign in 2010.




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