3 Packers in contract years who are primed for big seasons in 2023

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Tough decisions have to be made every offseason. It's impossible to keep everybody in free agency. Several key starters for the Green Bay Packers are set to become free agents next spring, leaving the team with even more difficult decisions.

Often, players give the team no choice but to re-sign them by dominating in the final season of their contract. Keisean Nixon was a first-team All-Pro returner last year. Green Bay couldn't lose him.

In 2021, De'Vondre Campbell fixed the Packers' need at inside linebacker with an All-Pro season, while Rasul Douglas had an excellent year after Green Bay signed him off the Arizona Cardinals' practice squad. Both players landed new deals.

Which three Packers players entering contract years are primed for big seasons in 2023?

3. AJ Dillon could dominate with increased opportunities in Packers offense

It's a make-or-break year for AJ Dillon. While he has played well in his first three seasons, Dillon hasn't reached the level many believed he could.

Packers running backs coach Ben Sirmans said Dillon needs to improve his consistency but believes "he's going to respond to that challenge and come out and have a much more productive year."

The opportunity should be there for Dillon. He just needs to make the most of it.

With Jordan Love replacing Aaron Rodgers at quarterback, the Packers may need to lean on their ground game more frequently than in the pass-happy Rodgers-led offense. Dillon is averaging a healthy 4.3 yards per carry in his career. More opportunities could lead to a career year for the former second-round pick.