The Green Bay Packers have a rich history of wide-receiving talent, so much so that the team’s tight ends have fallen slightly under the radar. No, there’s no Devante Adams or Don Hutson equivalent in Green Bay, but there’s certainly been a fair share of Pro Bowl talent.

Who are some of the best? We attempt to rank the best 10 in this Betway Insider ranker. As usual, all stats are courtesy of and are updated through the end of the 2023 regular season.

Who is the Green Bay Packers starting Wide Receivers for the 2023 NFL season?

The Packers 2023 starting tight ends were Tucker Kraft and Luke Musgrave, both day two picks in the 2023 NFL Draft.

Green Bay Packers Tight Ends History

One man is responsible for a large chunk of Packers’ tight end history: Paul Coffman. Coffman holds every TE receiving record in franchise history and was the team’s starter for the better part of a decade.Famous Green Bay Packers Tight Ends

Other famous tight ends for the Packers include stars of recent years like Jermichael Finley and Robert Tonyan.

Ranking the Top 10 Greatest Green Bay Packers Tight Ends of all time

  1. Richard Rodgers, 2014-2017

Former Packers TE Richard Rodgers is best known for one moment: his sensational game-winning hail mary touchdown reception on an absolute heave from QB Aaron Rodgers to walk off the Detroit Lions.

The catch came during Rodgers’s best season in Green Bay, as he hauled in 58 receptions for 510 yards and eight touchdowns. Rodgers added two more receiving scores for the Packers in the playoffs across his four seasons in Green Bay before joining the Philadelphia Eagles ahead of the 2018 season.

  1. Ed West, 1984-1994

While TE Ed West might not have had the accolades of other past Packers tight ends, he certainly had more durability than most. West was the on-and-off starter for the better part of a decade in Green Bay, even though he never managed 400+ receiving yards in a season.

Thanks to his longevity, West recorded the fourth-most receiving yards and the third-most receiving touchdowns of any Packers TE.

  1. Marv Fleming, 1963-1969

Former Packers tight end Marv Fleming was not the biggest threat through the air -- fellow TE Ron Kramer was a key weapon in the passing game. Instead, Fleming helped pave the way for Hall of Fame RB Jim Taylor and the Packers dominant ground attack.

Unsurprisingly, Fleming was a winner: he won three NFL Championships and two Super Bowls in Green Bay. He carried his winning ways to Miami in the second half of his career, winning two more Super Bowls with the Dolphins in the early 1970s.

Fleming is a member of the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame.

  1. Robert Tonyan, 2017-2022

Current Chicago Bears TE Robert Tonyan once featured on the other side of enemy lines as a standout pass-catcher for the Packers. He jumped from a practice squad player in 2019 to the Green Bay starter in 2020 and flourished.

Tonyan’s 11 receiving touchdowns in 2020 is the highest single-season tally by a tight end in franchise history, and he added a further TD catch in the playoffs that year. His numbers regressed the following two seasons and hence, Tonyan became a Bear.

  1. Keith Jackson, 1995-1996

Former Packers TE Keith Jackson lasted just two seasons in Green Bay -- the last two seasons of his career. Many moons before he was a perennial Pro Bowler in both Philadelphia and Miami, and he proved he had one last burst in Green Bay.

After an injury-riddled 1995 campaign, Jackson returned to Pro Bowl form in his final NFL season. He went for 505 yards and a career-high 10 touchdowns to help propel the Packers to the NFC North crown. While he didn’t contribute much in the playoffs, Jackson did play a role as Green Bay won the Super Bowl.

  1. Mark Chmura, 1992-1999

Former Packers TE Mark “Chewy” Chmura was arguably QB Brett Favre’s favorite tight end. The former sixth-round pick battled competition from the likes of Keith Jackson but still maintained the starting spot for a half-decade.

Making 3 Pro Bowl teams certainly helped -- so did catching four postseason touchdowns. The Packers Hall of Famer also caught a key two-point conversion to help clinch a Super Bowl XXI victory.

  1. Bubba Franks, 2000-2007

Former Green Bay TE Bubba Franks is one of the most forgotten star tight ends of recent memory. He was a 3x Pro Bowler, highlighted by a strong 2001 campaign where he caught nine touchdowns. Franks had three seasons with 7+ receiving touchdowns.

The former first-round pick spent eight seasons in Green Bay, appearing in eight playoff games. He followed QB Brett Favre to the New York Jets ahead of the 2008 season.

  1. Jermichael Finley, 2008-2013

Former Packers TE Jermichael Finley was on track to become the greatest Packers tight end of all time before injuries derailed the second half of his career. In a 2013 contest against the Cleveland Browns, Finley received a vicious hit from Browns S Tashuan Gipson and suffered severe spinal injuries (look away, Packers fans). He was just 26 at the time and would never play in the NFL again.

Before that, Finley accumulated the second-most receiving yards of any Packers tight end. His best season came in 2011 when he went for 767 receiving yards and eight scores as Green Bay went 15-1.

  1. Ron Kramer, 1957-1967

Former Packers TE Ron Kramer was technically labeled as an “end” -- he’ll count as a tight end for the purposes of our list. Kramer was the winningest TE in Packers history, claiming 2 NFL championships in Green Bay.

In the 1961 NFL Championship game, Kramer hauled in two touchdowns as the Packers won the title. He was then a First-team All-Pro in 1962 on the back of his 555 receiving yards and 7 receiving touchdowns.

Oddly, Kramer is a member of the NFL’s 50th Anniversary team but is not in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

  1. Paul Coffman, 1878-1985

Why is former Green Bay TE Paul Coffman the best tight end in Packers history? Here’s his Green Bay resume:

Despite playing in a non-winning era of Packers history, Coffman made the most of his stint in Green Bay.

Parameters of Rankings

Rankings are made based on a combination of 1) individual accomplishments, 2) team success, 3) franchise legacy, and 4) personal accolades.


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