The Green Bay Packers' young roster is showing potential on both sides of the ball, but some players may not be in the team's plans for much longer.
Whether it's a financial decision or the Packers identifying an area to upgrade, tough decisions await for general manager Brian Gutekunst in the offseason.
Green Bay is in a decent position in regards to the salary cap. The team is projected to enter 2024 with $22.82 million in cap space, ranking 22nd in the NFL. It's a far healthier position than in recent years due to Aaron Rodgers' massive contract coming off the books.
But the Packers still have to clear space to enter 2025 with a ton of cap room. Which players could be on the way out in the offseason?
The Packers need to invest in the interior offensive line positions. Elgton Jenkins is locked in at right guard, while Josh Myers has stepped up in recent weeks and could remain the starting center in 2024. But there is uncertainty at right guard. Jon Runyan Jr. is a free agent, and the Packers seem reluctant to give second-year Sean Rhyan many opportunities.
Even if Rhyan does start next year, Green Bay must improve its depth at guard. Royce Newman has a woeful PFF grade of 46.3 for his efforts this season. He has allowed too many pressures and offered little as a run blocker.
Newman has played one offensive snap since his disastrous performance in Week 4 against the Detroit Lions. Moving on in the offseason would create $1.06 million.