Packers fans love AJ Dillon. He gives his all on the field and has fully embraced the Wisconsin lifestyle since he was drafted four years ago. His play in the second half of the season could land him a new deal, but the Packers have a tough decision to make.
Dillon and Aaron Jones face uncertain futures. Dillon is a free agent this offseason, whereas Jones has a cap hit above $17 million. But Jones dominated with five straight 100-yard performances to end the season. He proved he's still an outstanding running back and a leader in the locker room.
The Packers must find a way to keep Jones, but they may struggle to retain both running backs.
Green Bay likely needs to draft a running back, regardless. Even if Jones is back, the Packers have to think long-term as he enters his age-30 season in 2024.
The Packers don't often hand out second contracts to running backs. Jones was an exception. It seems unlikely they will find a way to pay Jones and keep Dillon. Gutekunst has used the draft to replace veteran starters in recent years, and we could see something similar at running back in 2024.
Dillon may have played his final snap for the Packers.