The Green Bay Packers let nine free agents walk last offseason. General manager Brian Gutekunst got it right.
Allen Lazard, Randall Cobb, and Adrian Amos struggled for the New York Jets -- the Jets released Amos -- while Robert Tonyan and Marcedes Lewis haven't made a significant impact for the Chicago Bears.
Green Bay's salary cap situation will improve in 2024, but it's not until the following year that we can expect Gutekunst to make big signings. More Packers free agents will depart in the upcoming offseason.
But who will go, and who could stay?
Won't return: Jon Runyan Jr.
Jon Runyan Jr. has been a solid starter during his time in Green Bay, but it seems unlikely he will return in 2024. The Packers have split snaps between Runyan and second-year guard Sean Rhyan in the second half of the season, a clear sign Matt LaFleur wants to see what they have in Rhyan.
If they were committed to Runyan as their starting right guard moving forward, handing some of his snaps to Rhyan wouldn't make a whole lot of sense. Why try Rhyan at right guard in the regular season if Runyan is likely to keep the job next year and beyond?
Rhyan has played well enough to deserve an opportunity to compete for the job next summer. Green Bay will likely restock its offensive line depth in the draft to provide competition, but Runyan could depart.