Packers have reportedly decided the fate of free agent AJ Dillon

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AJ Dillon's time with the Green Bay Packers is nearing an end.

According to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Packers "aren't likely" to bring back Dillon, who is a free agent this offseason.

Dillon is a fan favorite. He embraced the Wisconsin lifestyle, earning the nickname 'The Mayor of Door County.' But his production never consistently met expectations after the Packers drafted him in the second round four years ago.

Dillon averaged a career-low 3.4 yards per carry this season. While he made some important contributions in Aaron Jones' absence, often helping the Packers stay ahead of the chains, he was rarely a game-changer.

Green Bay could move on in free agency, but the team faces uncertainty at running back.

Packers face potentially uncertain future without AJ Dillon and Aaron Jones

Dillon might not be the only Packers running back on the way out. The team reportedly will release Aaron Jones if they can't find a way to lower his cap hit in the next two weeks.

Moving on from Jones and Dillon in the same offseason would leave the Packers in a challenging position. Running back would become an urgent need.

While there is good depth in the draft class, there are few standout names who could become star featured backs in the NFL. Many of the top prospects would be ideal complementary options.

And free agency isn't a viable option unless, again, the Packers are looking for a player who can complement the offense as an RB2. They're not going to release Jones for salary cap reasons and then spend big money on Saquon Barkley or Josh Jacobs.

If Jones and Dillon both depart, the Packers would need to use multiple draft picks at the position or sign an affordable free agent. It's not an ideal situation.

Silverstein's report suggests Dillon is likely gone, whereas Jones' future is up in the air. It leaves the Packers with more questions than answers at running back ahead of free agency.

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