The Green Bay Packers aren't typically the most active team in NFL free agency, but that doesn't mean they're going to sit on their hands in 2024.
General manager Brian Gutekunst has built a very talented young roster, but if this team is going to be a legitimate contender in 2024, he might have to make some bold moves in free agency. And with the way the Packers played in the playoffs, this roster deserves the aggressiveness from its GM.
But what kinds of players should the Packers be targeting? Although they've been selective about free-agent involvement in the past, some of their best acquisitions have contributed to some of the top Packers rosters in history. Guys like Charles Woodson were game-changers for the Packers, but great free-agent signings come in all shapes and sizes.
Looking at some of the team's top areas of need, let's project forward with some of the top potential free-agent targets for the Green Bay Packers in 2024 and build on the foundation that has been set.
Josh Jacobs, RB, Raiders
Many teams decided to franchise tag their running backs in 2023, which could make for a lot of really interesting situations around the league in 2024. Josh Jacobs racked up over 2,000 yards from scrimmage in 2022, but due to injury, he was only barely able to crack 1,000 yards from scrimmage in 2023.
And this is why players hate the franchise tag.
But Jacobs' loss could be the Packers' gain. Green Bay could potentially lose both AJ Dillon and Aaron Jones this offseason, and they would need to supplement those losses in free agency. I think Jacobs would be a tremendous lead back for Jordan Love to lean on.
Tony Pollard, RB, Cowboys
Things haven't worked out great for Tony Pollard as the bell-cow back for the Dallas Cowboys, but I still think he's an intriguing potential addition in free agency.
The Green Bay Packers want that two-headed approach at the position, and even if they end up keeping one of Aaron Jones or AJ Dillon this offseason (maybe even especially if they do that), I think Pollard and his unique skill set would be a worthwhile addition. He's got explosive playmaking ability as a runner and receiver, and you never know when you might be able to unlock his skills in the kick return game again.