The Green Bay Packers had a bittersweet end to their 2023 NFL season with a playoff loss in San Francisco. Coach Matt LaFleur described this as the end of an era for a unique group of players who will never be together as a team again. Now, the team faces the reality of the NFL’s free agency, starting on March 13.

While the Packers have extended Rashan Gary’s contract and have a relatively young offensive roster, the defensive secondary has the most impending free agents.

Financially, the Packers are currently up against an estimated cap of $242 million. Without making any moves in free agency, they are approximately $7 million over the cap for the draft class alone.

Here are the details of Green Bay’s free agents for 2024.

 Running Back

AJ Dillon

AJ Dillon, the second-round pick of the 2020 NFL Draft, has been a dependable asset in the Packers’ backfield, especially after Jamaal Williams left post-2020 season. However, Dillon has faced challenges with injuries, notably missing the last three games of the season due to thumb and neck complications.

His future with the Packers is uncertain. Given the limited cap space and the devaluation of the running back position, it’s predicted that both Dillon and Aaron Jones might not share the backfield in 2024.

 Tight End

Josiah Deguara

Josiah Deguara, originally drafted as a tight end, has been utilized more as a fullback/H-back in Matt LaFleur’s offense. His productivity has been modest, with his receptions declining from 25 in 2021 to just eight in 2023.

Despite his role in the offense, Deguara’s absence due to injury did not result in significant performance setbacks, with practice squad player Henry Pearson stepping up in special teams. The Packers might consider more cost-effective alternatives in this position.

 Tyler Davis

Tyler Davis, a significant contributor to the team’s special teams, missed the entire 2023 season due to a preseason knee injury. Assuming his recovery goes as planned, he could be a valued addition to a position group that includes emerging talents Luke Musgrave and Tucker Kraft but needs more depth.

His return would be a positive move for the Packers, especially considering the overall performance of the tight ends in 2023.

 Offensive Line

Jon Runyan Jr.

Jon Runyan Jr., an impressive pick from the Packers’ 2020 draft class, has served as a consistent member of the offensive line. However, his role has been divided with third-round pick Sean Rhyan during the 2023 season. This move seems to be an evaluation of Rhyan’s capabilities, potentially hinting at his readiness to take on a starting role in 2024.

 Yosh Nijman

Yosh Nijman, once a prospective successor to David Bakhtiari as left tackle, experienced a disappointing 2023 season. Despite receiving a second-round tender worth a little over $4 million for the season, Nijman lost his primary swing tackle position to Rasheed Walker.

After an unsuccessful contest for the right tackle role against Zach Tom and a season spent in and out of the rotation with Walker, Nijman’s future with the Packers seems bleak. His last game in Green Bay may have already transpired.

 Inside Linebacker

Eric Wilson

Eric Wilson, a Green Bay waiver claim, showcased his skills in special teams. Leading the team in coverage unit tackles with 11, he made a crucial play in the divisional-round loss to San Francisco.

Despite his limited defensive snaps this season, his contribution to the struggling Packers’ special teams makes him a valuable asset. With a one-year deal last season, Wilson is a viable option for the Packers to retain without demanding a significant increase in wages.

 Kristian Welch

Kristian Welch, hailing from the vicinity of Green Bay, epitomizes the dream of every northeastern Wisconsin child. While he didn’t play any snaps on defense, his 210 quality special teams snaps and six tackles speak volumes about his potential. Welch’s local roots and success story, combined with his contributions on the field, make him a fan favorite and a potential key player in the Packers’ special team strategy in 2024.


Keisean Nixon

Keisean Nixon has been a standout in the Packers’ secondary, starting every game and delivering consistent performance despite a rotating cast. His skills also extend to special teams, leading the league in average kickoff return yards and attempts.

Although Nixon’s potential was evident with a 73-yard return against the 49ers, his future with the Packers depends on their ability to match larger contract offers from other teams.

 Corey Ballentine

Corey Ballentine is a testament to perseverance and adaptability. Despite having no defensive starts since 2020, Ballentine was thrust into action due to injuries and emerged as a valuable asset. His performance peaked in Week 17 against Justin Jefferson and the Minnesota Vikings, showcasing his capability to thrive under pressure.

Should Ballentine not secure a substantial raise elsewhere, the Packers would do well to retain him, providing continuity and proven skill to their secondary.


Darnell Savage

Despite a challenging 2023 season, Darnell Savage’s leadership and defensive prowess are undeniable. He could potentially return on a more cost-effective contract, providing veteran guidance for a transitioning position.

 Jonathan Owens

Owens, despite starting the season as a backup, delivered robust performances, becoming an affordable re-signing option.

 Rudy Ford

Although initially brought in for his special teams expertise, Ford’s fluctuating playing status raises questions about his future with the Packers. However, his contributions, especially in the interceptions tally, cannot be overlooked.

 Final Thoughts

Moving into the 2024 season, the Green Bay Packers face several crucial decisions regarding their roster. The coaching staff and team management will need to assess the performance and potential of each player, balancing the desire for a strong and dynamic team against the realities of available cap space.

The Packers have several upcoming free agents and will need to carefully evaluate each player’s value and fit within the team. In the meantime, the current NFL teams continue to compete for the coveted Super Bowl title, with each team striving to improve and secure their place in history. As fans, we can only wait and see what the future holds for our beloved team.