The Green Bay Packers re-signed tight end Andrew Quarless to a two-year contract on Thursday, which means they won’t be completely overhauling that position.
The team announced the signing, which an NFL source said was for two years. No other terms were available.
Quarless started 10 of 16 games and finished last season as the starter because of Jermichael Finley’s neck injury. Quarless finished with 32 receptions for 312 yards (a 9.8-yard average) and two touchdowns.
The Packers might have had Quarless high on their priority list for re-signing because Finley’s future with them is in doubt. There are no indications the team has cleared Finley yet medically from neck fusion surgery performed last November, and even if it does, he’s an unrestricted free agent.
Finley visited the Seattle Seahawks on Wednesday and Thursday, but there was no indication whether the Seahawks had passed him on his physical.
For now, Quarless would be the Packers’ starting tight end. The team reportedly had interest in two of Houston’s tight ends, though one, Garrett Graham, re-signed with the Texans on Thursday. The other, 31-year-old Owen Daniels, visited the Packers on Wednesday.
Depending on what happens with Finley, the Packers also could be in the market to draft a tight end with a high pick, perhaps even in the first round if North Carolina’s Eric Ebron still is on the board when they select at No. 21 overall.
The Packers also made official the signing of outside linebacker/defensive end Mike Neal, which was reported Wednesday.