Havner Works Out; Signing Likely
TE Spencer Havner (Matt Sullivan/Getty)
TE Spencer Havner (Matt Sullivan/Getty)
Posted Nov 9, 2010

The Packers worked out former tight end Spencer Havner, who had five touchdown receptions and 20 tackles on special teams last year.

The Green Bay Packers brought in only one player for a workout, and he’s a player who’s near and dear to many fans.

Do-it-all Spencer Havner worked out in front of team officials on Tuesday, FoxSports.com’s Adam Caplan told Packer Report. Havner, who was released by Detroit last month because of an injured hamstring, took a physical for the Packers last week. The continued interest signals that the Packers very likely will re-sign Havner, perhaps as soon as Monday, when the team gathers for its first practice following the bye.

Havner would bolster the Packers on a couple of fronts. On offense, the Packers aren’t getting much punch from their tight ends after Jermichael Finley was lost for the season. The remaining three tight ends, rookie Andrew Quarless (seven catches), veteran Donald Lee (seven catches) and first-year Tom Crabtree (three catches) have combined for fewer catches in nine games (17) than Finley had in four (21). Havner caught seven passes last year, four of which went for touchdowns, and he added two catches and a touchdown in the playoffs.

Plus, Havner would further add to an improving special teams, which have benefitted from the addition of linebackers Erik Walden, Diyral Briggs and Matt Wilhelm. Havner ranked third on the team last year with 20 special teams tackles.

To add Havner, the Packers would have to release a player. With the addition of running back James Starks, the Packers have six players in the backfield. Another possibility is the offensive line, where rookies Marshall Newhouse and Nick McDonald have been inactive in all nine games.

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