One local player is leaving Green Bay while another will stay with the Packers.
Tight end Robert Tonyan, a free agent and McHenry East graduate, was tendered an offer from the Packers on Tueday, the same day that Marian Central graduate Bryan Bulaga agreed to terms on a three-year deal with the Los Angeles Chargers.
Tonyan has been with the Packers for two seasons as a backup and special teams player. He caught 10 passes for 100 and one touchdown in 11 games last season, but battled a core muscle injury late in the season.
Tonyan played quarterback in high school and was recruited by Indiana State at that position. While he was there, his athleticism allowed him to switch to wide receiver. In the NFL, Tonyan (6-foot-5, 238 pounds) focused on tight end, where he has more speed than most who play that position.
Green Bay tendered all of its exclusive rights free agents offers on Tuesday. Tonyan was one of the players on that list. Exclusive rights free agents are players with two years or fewer of NFL experience and when they are offered tenders they are bound to their team.
Tonyan, Evan Baylis and Jace Sternbert are the three tight ends on the Packers’ roster. Jimmy Graham was released last week and signed with the Bears on Monday. Marcedes Lewis is a free agent.