Change is inevitable every offseason. Following the Green Bay Packers' season-ending defeat to the San Francisco 49ers, the team turns the page to 2024. For starting right guard Jon Runyan, a free agent this spring, it means uncertainty about his future.
Runyan is one of Brian Gutekunst's most underrated draft picks. The Packers are masters of finding quality offensive linemen on Day 3 of the draft. Gutekunst selected Runyan in the sixth round four years ago, and he has started 50 games over the past three seasons.
There's absolutely a path for Runyan to return in free agency. He has been a reliable starter for the Packers over the past few years. However, Matt LaFleur had Runyan split snaps with second-year Sean Rhyan late in the season, which could indicate a potential change in 2024.
Runyan has given his all for the Packers, and he hopes to return.
Jon Runyan Jr. gets emotional when discussing uncertain Packers future
Runyan is everything the Packers look for. He has great character, battles on every play, and gives everything for his team. Whether that leads to a second contract remains to be seen, but Runyan made it clear he wants to be nowhere else.
In his final locker-room interview of the season, Runyan was asked what it means to "wear the G."
"It was awesome. I don't know if there's a better organization out there," said Runyan. "It's unreal. This organization, everybody inside, the people out of the facility, the fans. It's a special place."
"I gave them all I could. I never went out there without trying to give my best. I hope the fans, my teammates, and coaches were able to see that."
What's next for Runyan? That remains uncertain. He has proven he can start at guard in the NFL and should have no trouble finding a new team if the Packers don't offer him a new deal. But Runyan hopes his time in Green Bay isn't over.
"I don't want to leave, but it's not really in my hands," said Runyan.
After watching the video, it's fair to say we would be happy for the Packers to offer him a lifetime contract.
There's every chance the Packers will work out a new deal with Runyan. Beyond Runyan and Rhyan, Green Bay lacks options at right guard. Their overall depth along the offensive line is a concern, particularly at the interior positions. It's something they must address in the offseason.
Re-signing Runyan would go a long way to solving that problem. Gutekunst could draft another versatile interior lineman to provide cover, with Runyan and Rhyan competing for the starting right guard job.