For all the talk so far this offseason, when it comes to the Green Bay Packers, it’s almost entirely centered the QB position.
Will Aaron Rodgers be traded? Retire? If he stays, what happens to Jordan Love? Can Love be traded?
Unfortunately, there will also be some ramifications to the team as well.
With OT David Bakhtiari’s future with the team in question in an effort to save the Packers from their current ‘Cap Hell’, they may face an even tougher decision with one of the franchises best offensive players.
Only six seasons into his career, RB Aaron Jones will be one of the toughest roster decisions to make for the upcoming season.
Jones turns 29 this season, and is currently the Packers fifth-highest cap hit at $20 million for 2023. Even with Rodgers and Bakhtiari each potentially moving on, it would still make one of the three highest cap hits on the team at the running back position.
Currently, Jones is third in Green Bay Packers history in rushing yards (5,284).
At his current career per game yardage of 61, he would become the Packers all-time leading rusher in 50 more regular season games.
But can the Packers afford to keep him that long?
It might not be a wise move to move on from the offenses best weapon, regardless of who the quarterback is but with AJ Dillon coming into his own as a reliable power back, it wouldn’t be much of a shock for the Packers to move on from Jones and dip into one of the deepest RB Drafts in years.
A pre-June 1st designation would free up $10 million in cap space. $16 million on a post-June 1st move.
There are reasons to keep and reasons to move on from Jones but nothing will be settled on his future until the QB position is figured out first.