3. Aaron Jones
Aaron Jones took a pay cut to stay in Green Bay this year, so we can't rule out a similar move next offseason. However, at some point, the Packers will move on from their star running back.
Jones turns 29 in December, and his cap hit jumps to $17.17 million in 2024. That's a number the Packers will desperately want to lower, which they can achieve by releasing Jones in the offseason. They would save around $4.82 million before June 1 and $11.45 million after, the latter spreading out the dead cap hits across two seasons.
In an ideal world, the Packers would already have their future starting running back on the roster, ready to take the reins next season. But with AJ Dillon in a contract year and not playing well, the Packers may need to start over at running back as they did at tight end this year.
Jones is still one of the Packers' most important offensive players, but 2024 may be the time to move on. Green Bay must find a way to lower his cap hit. Jones will enter his age-30 season next year, which is also something to consider.
It won't be surprising if the Packers make significant changes at running back next spring.