When Aaron Jones turned down a contract that would have made him one of the top five highest paid running backs in the NFL, it was clear that he would not be in the Green and Gold in 2021. Jones is coming off his second straight 1,000 yard season. This leaves a big hole for the Packers to fill. Here are three possible free agent replacements for the Pro Bowl back.
Replacement #1- Mike Davis
Mike Davis could end up back in the NFC North if he signs with the Packers. One time a member of the Chicago Bears, Davis found his way to Carolina to back up Christian McCaffery. When McCaffery got hurt, Davis was thrust into the starting lineup. He played well, rushing for career highs in yards (642) and touchdowns (six). An excellent receiving back, he added 342 receiving yards and another two scores. This kind of balance would make him a perfect fit in Green Bay.
Replacement #2- Mark Ingram
Mark Ingram had a down year in 2020, but had a 1,000 yard season in 2019. In Baltimore, he is not the primary rushing threat as he plays with Lamar Jackson. In the limited time he did get in 2020, he had a good yards per carry average of 4.2. Paired with AJ Dillon, Ingram could see himself having a bounce back season with the Packers.
Replacement #3- Tevin Coleman
Tevin Coleman did not play much in 2020 due to injury. This may work in the Packers’ favor as it lowers his asking price. Coleman to Green Bay would make a lot of sense because he has had his best years when he is part of an elite running back duo. In Atlanta, he paired with Davonta Freeman and in San Francisco with Raheem Mostert and Matt Breida.
In Green Bay, he would pair with AJ Dillon, whose running style differs from his. This would be beneficial for the Packers because the two backs would keep defenses off balance.