4 first-year Packers players who might not return in 2024

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2. Emanuel Wilson

The 2024 offseason could bring a complete makeover at the running back position for the Green Bay Packers.

Although Aaron Jones finished the season looking about as good as he ever has with the Packers, an injury early in the season almost completely derailed his year overall. Now, entering a contract year in 2024 where he will turn 30 years old, Jones has a base salary of $11.1 million and a salary cap charge of nearly $17.6 million. The Packers can add almost $11.9 million in cap space by making Jones a post-June 1 cap casualty.

Are they going to be willing to do that without alternatives in place? After the Davante Adams and Aaron Rodgers trades, we know the Packers are not afraid to move on from star players.

Jones could be gone, but the case is a little clearer with AJ Dillon. Dillon is slated for free agency, and given the way he played this past season when Aaron Jones was out injured, I would be shocked to see him come back unless it's on a super team-friendly deal.

Even with all of that, undrafted free agent Emanuel Wilson isn't a lock to be on next year's roster. Wilson was a healthy scratch at times this past season for Patrick Taylor, who was being taxied up and down the practice squad. The Packers obviously like Wilson and had a good evaluation on him coming out of college, but if this position group gets a makeover, don't be shocked if he's one of the odd men out.