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The Green Bay Packers feel like a franchise moving in a different direction.  Despite a 13-3 season that ended in the NFC Championship game the Packers have continued to move forward with their plan to rebuild the organization’s infrastructure.  This year’s draft came with a lot off scrutiny but, in my opinion, it supports the idea that the team had a very structured rebuild plan that started when the McCarthy era ended.  Phase 1 was addressing premier positions of need, by signing young free agents that were approaching their prime years and could continue to grow and flourish in the years to come.  The Packers also supplemented their moves in free agency by completing the back end of their secondary (Darnell Savage) and adding to their front seven (Rashan Gary). 
This season, the Packers continued this same plan by adding potential future starters to their offensive line, quarterback, and running back positions.  The infrastructure of the Packer organization looks solid for the foreseeable future, but the question remains, when will time run out on the old guard?
It is safe to assume that the Packers are going to run it back one more year with the majority of their cornerstone players intact.  The team will continue to adopt their run first mentality, dominate time of possession, and lean on one of the most clutch defensive units (of 2019) to make plays in crunch time and hope there is one more playoff run left.
2021 however, will be interesting…as many big names will be up for new contracts…and in a league dominated by the salary cap, it is simply unrealistic to expect to re-sign everyone. 
The next question becomes, who among the pending free agents and players due for a contract extension is a safe bet to be a member of the Packers in 2021? Surprisingly, only two names jump out to me (and it is not the two names you are probably thinking):
 David Bakhtiari
 Kenny Clark
(2b. Aaron Rodgers)
Now before everyone loses their collective minds, Aaron Rodgers is pretty much (2b) on this list to be a Packer in 2021 but there could be a small window for him to be traded under the right circumstances just prior to the start of the 2021 season.  Just remember, Jordan Love is under an incredibly team friendly contract for the next four years and it behooves the Packers to move on from Rodgers in the next 2 years so they could essentially have at least 3 years (including the option) of team control. I am just saying that it is not impossible that the Packers in the next year and a half to two years, decide to pay off the cap penalty associated with trading Rodgers and move towards the era of Love.  
Another player that could still be a Packer in 2021 could be Kevin King:  
Just think about it, if Kevin King has another solid season and stays healthy; it would probably be easier to come to an agreement with him coming off of another solid year than with Aaron Jones who with a year identical to 2019, could demand $10-12 million per season. 
No matter who stays or who goes, the Packers 2021 roster could and probably will look dramatically different.
Here is a short list of players who could be potentially playing their final seasons in Green Bay:
Aaron Jones
 Kevin King
Corey Linsley 
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Long story short, the following guys are are going to be FAs, and we probably can't avoid to pay to keep them all.
OT David Bakhtiari
DT Kenny Clark
RB Aaron Jones
CB Kevin King
OC Corey Linsley

It'll be interesting to see whom we resign and whom we let go.

As the article mentions, Bak and Clark are thought to be clear resign guys, are they can be elite and after them, it's huge question marks at what we have at their positions. Everyone loves Aaron Jones, but we just did draft a 2nd round RB and it's risky to give a RB big money, though I think Jones in this system would hold up well, as it limits his pass blocking, which is where he seemed to get banged up the most. King had an inconsistent season, but he certainly had his great moments. While Linsley might not be elite, he has been Mr. Consistent.

One thing Ted Thompson seemed to do, especially with his 2nd selection, was draft a needed position, though sometimes that need was for NEXT year, as an important player was about to go into a contract year (like this case), and this provided the rookie a year to grow and gave the GM more options to either keep the important player or let them go if the cost is too much. I wonder if that's partly what Gute did here.... well, that, and Dillion has the combine numbers to match RB Derrick Henry and clearly faced the most 8 man boxes in college football last year. (Jonathan Taylor was a distance 2nd)
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