An NFL insider recently named a Green Bay Packers running back as a top fit for the Chicago Bears in free agency. In the offseason, the Packers and Bears could shuffle around their respective backfield rosters.
Maurice Jones-Drew wrote this week on the NFL’s website that former Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott would be an excellent fit for the Packers. He thinks the Packers would be better off next season if they were to part ways with AJ Dillon in free agency.
Could a Green Bay Packers RB join the Bears?
Jones-Drew thinks Dillon could end up with the Bears for the 2024 season:
“Dillon has missed Green Bay’s last two games due to neck and thumb injuries, and prior to that, he averaged a career-low 3.4 yards per carry in 2023. Still, when Dillon’s healthy, I think he can provide a team with a hard-nosed, physical running back to wear down opposing defenses late in the season.
That’s why I’ve paired him with Chicago, where he could join Khalil Herbert in the backfield and produce in cold-weather games. With Justin Fields potentially playing elsewhere in 2024 — opening the door for a rookie at quarterback — a veteran RB duo would be tasked with carrying a lot of the offensive load.”
The Bears were unable to sign David Montgomery in free agency last year. Montgomery had his best season in the league in Detroit this season.
Running back was a problem for the Chicago Bears in 2023
The Bears signed a few free agents and drafted Roschon Johnson last April to group with Herbert for the 2023 season. The play in the Bears’ backfield didn’t come close to what they had when Montgomery was in Chicago.
Dillon doesn’t seem like an upgrade for the Bears. But the Bears have signed several former Packers offensive players in the previous two seasons under head coach Matt Eberflus and general manager Ryan Poles. Hence, you never know how they’re evaluating talent. However, Luke Getsy, a former Packers quarterbacks coach, was fired by the Bears from his offensive coordinator duties following Week 18.
The move doesn’t make much sense for Chicago. That said, one can’t see the Packers bringing Dillon back in 2024. Dillon might fit better with a team like the Dallas Cowboys.
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