If it were up to AJ Dillon, he would remain with the Green Bay Packers for the rest of his career.
Speaking with Jason Wilde of the Wisconsin State Journal, Dillon stated his desire to stay in Green Bay and his willingness to do whatever it takes to make that happen.
Dillon said: "I love Green Bay. Green Bay knows that. I love the Packers. The Packers know that. I'd play here until I can't run anymore. I'll pick up long snapper or whatever it is when I start slowing down. But there's only so much I can control."
Of course, the comment about picking up a position such as long snapper is a bit farfetched, but the team-first attitude from Dillon is incredibly admirable. Even if it is just sort of a side comment, it truly shows his commitment to the Packers and is an example of the type of player they should look to keep for the long haul.
Dillon was on the field for 49% of snaps last season and that is with Jones playing 58% himself. The 25-year-old running back scored a career-high seven touchdowns on the ground to go with 770 rushing yards on 186 carries.
It is clear that Dillon has carved out a key role in Green Bay even with Jones being the clear starter. Having two good running backs in Jones and Dillon will only help the Packers as they have officially begun the Jordan Love era.
There is one last part of Dillon's quote that does require some attention, "But there's only so much I can control". That particular part does put the ball in the Packers' court.
Dillon is set to become an unrestricted free agent at season's end while his backfield partner (Jones) is under contract for two more seasons. It is just up to the Packers front office to make the decision on how they want to handle Dillon's future in Green Bay and if Jones' current contract plays any sort of role in that process.
While it may be difficult to justify paying two running backs, it is clear that Dillon is committed to the Packers and that is the type of player that a team should reward.