This Packers free agent signing called one of the NFL's worst offseason moves

Will Green Bay regret this move? Or did it simply just not make sense?
Green Bay Packers, Aaron Jones
Green Bay Packers, Aaron Jones / David Berding/GettyImages

Over the offseason, the Green Bay Packers have revamped their running back room to now feature a potential 3-headed monster.

Bringing back A.J. Dillon was the last of the series of moves, while the Packers also drafted MarShawn Lloyd out of USC in the third round. But, the most intriguing move of all came when Green Bay essentially swapped Aaron Jones for Josh Jacobs.

Recently, Bleacher Report's Christopher Knox wrote up a piece on 10 of the worst offseason moves made around the league, and included the Packers' acquisition of Jacobs on his list.

Knox noted that it wasn't just signing Jacobs, but the fact that Green Bay saw Jones sign with the Vikings that made this move tougher to stomach:

"Jacobs dealt with his own injuries last season, missing the final four games with a hamstring injury. The 26-year-old also struggled in 2023 after leading the league in rushing yards, scrimmage yards and touches the previous season.

Last year, Jacobs averaged just 3.5 yards per carry. He isn't a clear upgrade over a healthy Jones, and after being heavily overworked over the past two years (663 touches), there's no guarantee that Jacobs will regain the Pro Bowl form he showed in 2022.

If Jacobs stumbles at all this season, Green Bay will regret letting one of its top leaders leave for a division rival."

Should the Packers have kept Aaron Jones after all?

One interesting tidbit which not many are talking about when it comes to the Jones/Jacobs conversation is this: Jacobs has 128 more career carries than Jones. It doesn't seem possible, because Jacobs is three years younger. But, the way the Raiders used Jacobs doesn't compare to how the Packers have used Jones over the years.

At least, Green Bay had balanced out Jones' touches by allowing Dillon to carry some of the load at times. But, for Jacobs? He's been the bell cow. And, depending on the year, Jacobs' production has varied.

Take this for example: Jones has never finished a season averaging less than 4.6 yards per carry. Meanwhile, Jacobs averages 4.2 on his career and has finished three entire seasons averaging 4.0 yards or less per tote.

If Green Bay wants to point to injury concerns for Jones, that's fine. But, Jacobs has had his fair share of injuries in recent years, as well, including finishing last year less than healthy. Not to mention, Jacobs is already dealing with a hamstring injury.

Paying that much money for a running back, in today's NFL, seems silly to begin with. The Packers could have kept a fan favorite, who knew the offense, and has proven to be far more consistent in his production.