Packers: Jamaal Williams reportedly hasn’t been offered a new deal
No position on the Green Bay Packers‘ roster could see bigger change this offseason than running back.
Both Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams will become free agents in little over a month and the signs seem to be pointing towards neither player returning.
According to ESPN’s Rob Demovsky, the Packers “never made an offer to Williams” during the season. Actions speak louder than words, and this has often been a sign in the past that the Packers don’t plan to bring a player back.
Demovsky also reported that the Packers had indeed made multiple offers to Jones but they couldn’t come to an agreement on guaranteed money.
It’s understandable from both sides. Jones deserves a big payday but the Packers are limited with their salary cap, only worsened by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Packers now face a very real possibility of entering the 2021 season with a completely new-look backfield sans the team’s top two running backs over the past few years.
Questions will arise about whether AJ Dillon can be the man to lead the backfield after impressing in his limited opportunities this past season. And even if Dillon is the team’s number one running back when the new season begins, who will provide the depth?
If both Jones and Williams are to sign elsewhere, expect Green Bay to be among the teams searching for running back help in the draft. It’s possible Brian Gutekunst will be able to strengthen depth at the position on Day 3.
Uncertainty is a good word to use when describing this offseason. Green Bay generally has a good track record of retaining its star players with a few notable exceptions such as Casey Hayward, Micah Hyde, and JC Tretter, but this offseason will likely be different to others.
With limited cap room, it’s possible both Jones and Williams could be playing elsewhere in 2021.