3 Free Agent Running Backs the Packers Can Target to Replace Aaron Jones
Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones is one of this offseason's top free agents, and his team will surely hope to re-sign him. That being said, Jones and the Packers have disagreed on the terms of an extension before, and it's possible they won't be able to meet somewhere both are comfortable.
If the Packers lose their top running back, they still have rookie A.J. Dillon waiting in the wings, but they'd need to shop smart in free agency for additional RB depth. With that in mind, here are three free agents Green Bay can sign to replace Aaron Jones.
Aaron Jones Replacements
3. Adrian Peterson
Veteran Adrian Peterson certainly isn't on Jones' level at this point in his career. That being said, the almost 36-year-old RB may be a cheap and experienced option to bolster the team's running back depth in 2021. Peterson took on a larger load than expected with the Detroit Lions, but he delivered with 604 yards and 7 TDs on 156 rushes. He was a mentor for rookie D'Andre Swift in Detroit while being an insurance option, and he could be the same for Dillon if Jones moves on.
2. Mark Ingram
Mark Ingram is another veteran option who may be on the more affordable side this offseason. It was a down season for the former Pro Bowler in 2020, as he registered just 299 yards and 2 TDs for the Baltimore Ravens before being cut. However, he's just one season removed from rushing for 1,000-plus yards, so the talent is still there. Plus, he's a capable weapon in the passing game, averaging 38.3 receptions from 2014-2019, which could help make up for the dual-threat ability that Jones presented.
1. Todd Gurley
There's risk with signing Todd Gurley to a contract these days, but the possible reward for the Packers is too hard to ignore. At Gurley's peak, he was a 1,000-plus rusher, double-digit TD scorer, and deadly receiving threat out of the backfield. He could certainly fit right into how the Packers utilized Jones, and at a fraction of the price. His demotion to end the season with the Atlanta Falcons may have lowered his stock to where he's affordable, and the running back should jump at the chance to possibly reinvigorate his career by playing with Aaron Rodgers.
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