4 Packers free agents that definitely won't be back in 2024

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Twelve Green Bay Packers players will become unrestricted free agents this offseason. Any of them could leave, but in some cases, it's a coin flip.

Could the Packers bring back Keisean Nixon for his game-changing return ability? Absolutely. We saw it on full display against the San Francisco 49ers in the playoffs. Is there a path to a new contract for AJ Dillon? Sure.

What about Jon Runyan? He could return, having started every game for the Packers over the past two seasons. Eric Wilson? You bet. He is a core special teams player and made one of the plays of the divisional round to recover a fumble.

But it feels the writing is on the wall for several upcoming free agents. No player is a lock to return this offseason, but these four are likely gone.

Josiah Deguara

Josiah Deguara's snap counts tell the story. Understandably, his opportunities decreased following the emergence of Luke Musgrave early in the season and Tucker Kraft later on. What stood out was Deguara's lack of playing time when Musgrave was injured down the stretch.

Musgrave missed six games late in the season. In that stretch, Kraft played 362 offensive snaps. Undrafted rookie Ben Sims had 115. Deguara only played 42. He did miss two games to injury, but he was out-snapped by Sims in the four he played during that span.

Deguara's role in the offense differed from that of the other tight ends, but he didn't excel in any area. He doesn't offer the pass-catching ability of the other tight ends, but his blocking wasn't consistent enough to earn regular playing time.

It seems more likely the Packers will re-sign backup tight end Tyler Davis, who missed the entire season due to a torn ACL. With Musgrave, Kraft, and Sims ahead of him on the depth chart, Deguara's time in Green Bay is likely over.