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Tracking the latest free agency rumors for Jamaal Williams

The Packers have two running backs hitting free agency this offseason. Will they keep one of Jamaal Williams or Aaron Jones? We investigate.

Jamaal Williams #30 of the Green Bay Packers tries to avoid the tackle of Devin White #45 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the third quarter during the NFC Championship game at Lambeau Field on January 24, 2021 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images

We are already into the thick of the NFL offseason and that means free agency. Teams can’t contact free agents until March 15th, but news of the top players will circulate as we close in on that starting point. Dak Prescott, Chris Godwin, Allen Robinson, and Kenny Golladay are just a few of the big names set to hit unrestricted free agency when the new league year opens on March 17th. One or more stands a good chance of signing a contract with their current team or being franchise tagged before then, but there is a chance one or more is taking calls when the tampering period opens on March 15th.

2020 in review

Williams ran the ball 119 times for 505 yards and two touchdowns, while catching 31-of-35 passes for 236 yards and another touchdown. Aaron Jones led the way once again while A.J. Dillon saw some work toward the end of the season. Williams has been able to step into the lead role when called upon and has shown to be consistent as a receiver and blocker.

Possible destinations

Williams has the ability to be a lead back, but not a top-tier one. Any of the teams in need of a running back should be interested in him, but he likely won’t be a player they look to lead their backfield. The Pittsburgh Steelers, Washington Football Team, New York Jets, and Miami Dolphins would all be in the market for a running back, but could also go the way of the draft.

Do the Packers want to keep him?

The Packers haven’t offered Williams an extension but he has “received proposals” from the team, per ESPN’s Rob Demovsky. With Aaron Jones also a free agent, and looking like he’ll move on, the team could gain more interest in retaining Williams. But, they could go with Dillon as their RB1 and draft his backup in the middle rounds.

Fantasy implications

If Williams were to stay in Green Bay and split time with Dillon while Jones heads elsewhere, he would likely see more work as a receiver. Green Bay is probably the best spot for him in that scenario, but there is always a chance a team takes a gamble on him being worth a lead position.

Rumored interest