The Green Bay Packers have decisions to make at running back this offseason.
General manager Brian Gutekunst effectively confirmed Aaron Jones will return despite his cap hit rising above $17 million. Whether the Packers adjust his contract remains to be seen, but all signs point to Jones coming back in 2024.
Where does that leave AJ Dillon?
Dillon's rookie deal expires in March at the start of the new league year. Can the Packers find a way to pay both running backs? Has Dillon done enough to convince the Packers he should return in 2024?
It's not an easy decision for Gutekunst. If Dillon's future is away from Green Bay, he could help several other teams next season.
CBS Sports predicts Packers departure for AJ Dillon in free agency
CBS Sports broke down potential landing spots for several upcoming free agents, including Dillon. They project that Dillon will sign with the run-heavy Baltimore Ravens this offseason.
"The supersized vet could have an increased role in Green Bay depending on Aaron Jones' future, but the latter has proven much more valuable. How about a return to his hometown Baltimore as a short-yardage option?" writes Cody Benjamin of CBS Sports.
It's hard to argue with Benjamin's logic. The Ravens would be a perfect landing spot for Dillon.
Baltimore led the NFL in rushing attempts this season, and according to Team Rankings, they ran the ball on 49.92 percent of their offensive plays, more than any other team.
And there's a good reason for that. According to ESPN, the Ravens ranked fifth in run block win rate while averaging 4.9 yards per carry, the third-best record in the NFL.
Dillon's powerful running style would perfectly fit Baltimore's offense. He can wear down defenses and move the chains in short-yardage situations.
The Packers could bring Dillon back, but if Jones returns, they may prefer to go for a more affordable option by turning to the 2024 NFL Draft.