A Packers star could be gone this offseason
The Green Bay Packers will have some big decisions to make with their roster for next season. An analyst thinks a Packers star could be gone for financial reasons. In last week’s press conference, general manager Brian Gutekunst appeared to want most players back for next season. However, the Packers’ cap situation doesn’t seem like it can hold as many players as he’d like to bring back next season.
One player that has been rumored to be a cap casualty is running back Aaron Jones. Kristopher Knox with Bleacher Report wrote about possible cuts to save NFL team’s cap space. Knox suggested Jones would be a prime candidate for the Packers because of the price of his services over the next two years:
If Rodgers retires, the Packers may look to blow up their roster and start over. If he doesn’t, they’ll still need to clear some cap room. Green Bay is projected to be $14.9 million over the cap.
While releasing star running back Aaron Jones feels like an unlikely move, it’s one we can’t rule out entirely. The 28-year-old is set to carry a $20 million cap hit. That’s a lot for a running back, especially when Green Bay also has AJ Dillon on the roster.
Releasing Jones with a post-June 1 designation would save $16 million in cap space.
This would be a blow to the Packers’ offense in 2023. Jones is one of the best running backs in the league when healthy. Jones wouldn’t last long on the open market if the Packers cut him. The Packers should exhaust all options before parting with Jones this offseason. The Packers star could be the glue next season if the passing game takes a while to get off the ground or Aaron Rodgers’ arm declines with age.