It's an Thanksgiving tradition like no other: Football. The Green Bay Packers take on the Detroit Lions for a Thanksgiving showdown this season, and the two clubs are headed in much different directions.
Typically, that last point would be referring to the Lions at the bottom of the division and Green Bay sitting at the top. But this year, things are different. The Packers are 4-6 and, well, don't have much to be thankful for this year.
As many fans are looking ahead to the 2024 offseason and beyond, let's take a look at some Packers players who will not be around to celebrate Thanksgiving in the green and gold next year.
1. Jon Runyan
The Packers could be in the market to upgrade a couple of offensive line positions next offseason, but one that's happening for sure is at guard. Jon Runyan is a free agent after this season, and the former Michigan Wolverine should be allowed to hit free agency.
This season, Runyan has been fine in pass protection. He's given up two sacks and 15 total pressures, but his play has been fairly solid in that area. It's been nothing special, but good enough. However, in the run game, Runyan has struggled. He has not been that finishing type of player you want on the interior of your line.
And, for a team like Green Bay who should be trying to establish themselves as a run-first team, they cannot have an underperforming player at guard. Maybe they keep him on board as a backup, but Runyan's time as a starter should be done, and quite frankly, fans wouldn't complain if he was eating turkey in a different uniform next year.