Packers: Three affordable free agents to target in 2021

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3. James White, RB

Depending on the futures of Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams, running back could be a need for the Packers this year.

AJ Dillon would likely be promoted to become the new featured back should both players sign elsewhere, which would leave the Packers with a lack of depth at the position. One option would be to sign a veteran like James White.

Lombardi Ave’s Daire Carragher made a strong case for the Packers signing White, who he believes could be the perfect complement for Dillon in the backfield. Carragher describes signing White as a potential “slam-dunk move”, and it’s hard to disagree.

White won’t get a ton of carries, but he’ll add plenty as a receiving back. White has found tremendous success in some great New England offenses, putting up a combined 3,184 receiving yards and 25 touchdowns since entering the league in 2014. Yes, I said receiving.

If Jones and Williams are gone, the Packers will be losing two more receiving options. That’s where signing a running back like White would make sense. He could provide a change-of-pace in the backfield when Dillon isn’t in the game, while also being a reliable pass-catching target.

A low-risk, high-reward move for the Packers who could strengthen the backfield without having to spend big.

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