Marcedes Lewis set for an NFL record 18TH season at tight end after agreeing one-year Chicago Bears deal
- Marcedes Lewis, 39, breaks NFL record tie with Tony Gonzalez and Jason Witten
- Aaron Rodgers described Lewis as a player that he wanted to retire alongside
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Tight end Marcedes Lewis will play his 18th season as a member of the Chicago Bears, agreeing to a one-year deal on Friday.
Lewis, 39, was a first-round pick in 2006 and spent the past five seasons with the Green Bay Packers after 12 years in Jacksonville.
By playing in Year 18, Lewis becomes the only tight end in NFL history to play beyond a 17th season, breaking a tie with Tony Gonzalez and Jason Witten.
Last season, Lewis caught six passes — two for touchdowns — with Green Bay Packers.
Regarded as a top blocking tight end, Lewis knows the roots of the Chicago offensive scheme from his time in Green Bay with Bears offensive coordinator Luke Getsy.
Marcedes Lewis is heading to Chicago Bears for a record 18th season at tight end
The 39-year-old heads to the Bears on a one-year contract after playing with the Packers
Aaron Rodgers – the longtime Packers QB now with the New York Jets – has spoken in glowing terms of Lewis in times gone by.
‘A guy like Marcedes Lewis, he’s an important cog in the wheel of the locker room and the momentum of the team,’ Rodgers said during an appearance on ‘The Pat McAfee Show’ in January.
‘That’s a guy I want to finish my career with. If I’m playing, I want that guy next to me.’
Former Packers tight end Robert Tonyan, also now a member of the Bears, was Lewis’ teammate in Green Bay.
Lewis has played in 251 career games (221 starts) with 432 catches for 5,084 yards and 39 touchdowns in his career.