The Green Bay Packers have had nothing but tough decisions to make over the last two off-seasons. Choosing to move on from Davante Adams and Aaron Rodgers in back to back off-seasons wasn’t easy (even if many believe they didn’t have much of a choice).
The 2024 off-season will surely bring a few more tough decisions, one of them being what they will do with running back Aaron Jones. It has been obvious that when Jones is the focus of the offense’s attack they can be extremely successful. However, Jones’ cap hit of over $17 million may make it difficult for the team to keep him. If they decide to move on, there may be an electric running back that could come in and try to replace Jones’ productivity.
The Green Bay Packers Have Been Widely Rumored To Target Texas Running Back Jonathon Brooks
Freddie Boston of Fansided annotated how this addition could be beneficial for the Packers’ offense:
Here’s where the additional second-round picks can help the Packers. Another potential need in the offseason is running back. AJ Dillon’s contract expires at the end of the season, and Aaron Jones could be gone due to his high upcoming cap hits. Green Bay may need to hit the reset button at running back like it recently has at wide receiver and tight end.
Losing Jones and Dillon in the same offseason would be tough. The Packers’ decision to keep Emanuel Wilson on the 53-man roster shows their confidence in him long-term, but he would likely step into the RB2 role behind an offseason addition. In the draft, the Packers won’t find many better running backs than Jonathon Brooks.
“At over six feet tall and over 200 pounds, Brooks shows impressive wiggle, agility, body control and long speed for a player with his build. He’s been one of the most productive backs in the country and is in the conversation to be the first back selected if he declares,” writes Trevor Sikkema of Pro Football Focus.
Brooks replaced Bijan Robinson as the starter this season, and he has been dominant, turning 166 carries into 1,035 yards and eight touchdowns, an average of 6.2 yards per attempt.
Change could be on the way for the Packers at running back. Jones is irreplaceable, but a running back duo of Brooks and Wilson would be fun.
Would The Packers Spend A Second Round Draft Pick On A Running Back?
2024 may be the year that Green Bay spends another top draft pick on the running back position. They took A.J. Dillon in the second round (62nd overall) in the 2020 NFL draft. With Jones’ future uncertain and Dillon’s inability to show he can be RB1, it may be time to use another second round pick on that position.
Despite no longer being Super Bowl contenders, the Green Bay Packers are still building for the future. The Packers will need to establish a healthier salary cap over time, which means signing fewer free agents and relying more on young players on rookie contracts. That’s what we’re seeing this season. Brooks could be another piece to that puzzle going forward.
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