Packers: NFC North running back power rankings entering free agency

Green Bay Packers, AJ Dillon (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, AJ Dillon (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images) /

Running back is a position of strength for the Green Bay Packers. But do they have the best running back room in the NFC North?

All four teams in the division have had success on the ground in recent years.

Entering free agency, which team has the best RB room?

1. Green Bay Packers

Aaron Jones reworking his deal ends any questions about his future in Green Bay. With Jones returning, the Packers still have one of the league’s best running back duos.

Jones and AJ Dillon combined for 1,891 rushing yards, seven rushing touchdowns, 601 receiving yards, and five receiving touchdowns this season.

Together, they are an excellent combination for the Packers.

2. Minnesota Vikings

Dalvin Cook is still on top of his game, having rushed for 1,173 yards and eight touchdowns this season, averaging a healthy 4.4 yards per attempt. He also caught two touchdowns.

However, the Minnesota Vikings may need to add more running back depth this offseason if they are unable to work out a new deal with free-agent Alexander Mattison.

3. Detroit Lions

Re-signing Jamaal Williams may need to be a priority for the Detroit Lions this offseason. Williams was excellent in 2022, rushing for 1,066 yards and a league-best 17 touchdowns. Williams is also a capable receiver.

D’Andre Swift rushed for 542 yards and five touchdowns. He is a talented player and will play an important role for the Lions again next season.

But if the Lions don’t re-sign Williams, they will need to add another running back this offseason.

4. Chicago Bears

The Chicago Bears’ number one running back David Montgomery is a free agent this offseason. He has rushed for 3,609 yards and 26 touchdowns in his four seasons with the Bears.

Khalil Herbert is a talented player, having rushed for 731 yards and four touchdowns this season.

Still, Montgomery’s future will determine whether running back gets added to a long list of offseason needs for Chicago.