Packers Sign OT David Bakhtiari to Multi-Year Extension

The Packers show David Bakhtiari the money in a BIG way.

The wait is over Packers fans. The Packers will have their All-Pro left tackle for several more years. Green Bay showed Bakhtiari the money in a BIG way.

 

And here's an interesting cooincidence. Bakhtiari's last extension also came just before a game with Jacksonville.

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Bearmeat's picture

November 15, 2020 at 04:05 pm

YES!

After KC, signing DBak was the top priority. You don't let the best LT in the game go when you have an aged HOF QB. Especially when the LT in question has several years of prime play left in him.

The structure is very important: I like that it's backloaded and full of guarantees up front. DBak is no dummy... he wants his guarantees and signing bonusus. And GB needs space in 21.

I'm really starting to think Jones doesn't get 2nd contract here. King, Linsley, Kirksey, Lowry and perhaps P Smith might very well be on the chopping block.

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JerseyAl's picture

November 15, 2020 at 03:42 pm

I have to chuckle (as I did previously) to all the soothsayers in here that were sure they would let the best OT in the game walk.

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egbertsouse's picture

November 15, 2020 at 03:48 pm

No, I always knew that if the choice would be letting him walk or over-paying him the Packers would choose to sign him. They now have another cap albatross around their neck.

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Bearmeat's picture

November 15, 2020 at 03:57 pm

Maybe. We'll see. Good LTs are worth their weight in gold.

Some cuts to established vets are coming for sure and I doubt any more of our impending UFA's get another deal.

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fish's picture

November 15, 2020 at 04:24 pm

I wish they paid him his weight in gold. A little math shows that would be closer to $10 million

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Bearmeat's picture

November 15, 2020 at 04:51 pm

lol.

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Guam's picture

November 16, 2020 at 11:34 am

I was one of those errant soothsayers and I will have my crow with some salt and pepper please!

The one element of this deal that is very interesting is the roster bonuses. There is a lot of that $100+ million tied up in being available (roster bonuses) which means if Bahk gets hurt and can't finish the contract, a bunch of this money just goes away and does not result in dead cap money.

That was always my big issue with signing Bahk is over 30 offensive lineman tend not finish their contracts and stick the team with a load of dead cap money. This seems to be a very creative way to address that issue while giving Bahk top tier money if he continues to play well. Kudos to his agent and the Packer FO for thinking outside the box.

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jeremyjjbrown's picture

November 15, 2020 at 04:30 pm

They have to resign Jones. There is plenty of places to cut to get the money.

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Big_Mel_75's picture

November 16, 2020 at 08:23 am

Why? Where was Jones against the Jags? He isn't worth the money he is going to command. Resign Williams for 1/2 the money or less and draft the next one in the 4th round....

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jannes bjornson's picture

November 16, 2020 at 02:17 pm

A lot of talented RBs in the forthcoming draft. Edwards-Hillaire would have been a fit in the 2020 draft , but when would he see snaps? Etienne from Clemson, Chuba Hubbard, Michael Carter from North Carolina. I would put CB on the top of the draft list and DT second round. If the obvious talent is there pick him, don't reach for RAS scores and a guy with a good PR team.

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flackcatcher's picture

November 15, 2020 at 05:19 pm

Yeah, something has to give Cap wise. We may be heading toward a New England type of salary and roster construction. But with all the free agents being pushed out in the market, this could be a GM bargains paradise. In either case, Gute has been prepping for a reload or rebuild. Have to wait for the end of the season to see how it all shakes out.

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Lare's picture

November 15, 2020 at 03:49 pm

The biggest question now is if Aaron Jones gets re-signed.

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stockholder's picture

November 15, 2020 at 03:58 pm

No way he's worth it. Rodgers has to be on the block. Fire BG!!!

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murf7777's picture

November 16, 2020 at 07:29 am

Just the opposite Arod just got an early birthday present! More important then a WR.

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fish's picture

November 15, 2020 at 04:21 pm

My opinion is that it was stupid to tie this much money up. The Packers will be in salary cap hell in a couple years and the quality of the other players on the team will go down. Maybe in 2 years they get rid of Rodgers and try Love. If he plays poorly enough, they could draft Mertz.

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flackcatcher's picture

November 15, 2020 at 05:11 pm

I want both the Badger FB. They are pro ready. Mertz is really good, in three, no two he will be a top ten, maybe a top five if he stays healthy. (I wonder how many trips Gute has made to Camp Randall already...)

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Tundraboy's picture

November 15, 2020 at 10:36 pm

Fred or Ethel?

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NickPerry's picture

November 16, 2020 at 04:13 am

LOL...Good one TB!!!

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flackcatcher's picture

November 15, 2020 at 05:04 pm

Well, Gute has been upfront in Packer player priorities. Question has always been what do the Packers pay for Bakh, and what is the cost down the road. While Al may chuckle, Cap man may get the final laugh depending on what the union and owners do. Lots of unknowns from a fan point of view. I must admit I'm amused at Bakhtiari's agents screaming to the world about the structure. Manhood in the NFL...

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HankScorpio's picture

November 15, 2020 at 05:29 pm

I'm glad they got Bahk re-signed. And good for Bahk that he gets to say he's the highest paid Offensive Lineman in NFL history, for at least a day. We'll have to see how this all shakes out in terms of the cap down the road.

It would certainly help if they start to draft better than they have been. The reason I'm happy they signed Bahk is because I don't have any confidence Gute can draft a replacement. But because they signed him to the contract they did, Gute will have to draft to replace some other guys that they won't be able to keep.

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Bearmeat's picture

November 15, 2020 at 06:48 pm

Gute needs to do better on day 1/2 in the draft than he has so far, that's for sure. 2 good picks (Alexander and Jenkins) in 3 years is a very bad average.

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Turophile's picture

November 16, 2020 at 01:48 pm

Not a fair comment when two of the first round picks, Rashan Gary and Jordan Love, were obvious projects that would take two or three seasons to produce. Gary is already a lot more productive than last year and it will probably be 2022 before the fans see what Love can do.

In addition to that, Savage and Jackson have been improving, recently.

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Bure9620's picture

November 16, 2020 at 02:22 am

I am not a fan of this extension.....Bahktiari will be on the wrong side of 30 for the entirety of this contract at a massive cap number....There will be no deals for Linsley, King or Williams....I really do not see how they get a deal done for Jones with the cap going down as he is in the Kamara price range now......Jaire Alexander is going to want to get PAID.......we will need to extend the best corner in the league........not a fan of this deal

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murf7777's picture

November 16, 2020 at 07:38 am

It sure seems like too much till you really think about LT being the 2nd most important position on O. One thing about the Packers is they manage the SC very well. I’m confident they know what they are doing cuz since FA and SC they have never put the Franchise into SC Hell. Also, if you are going to ever over pay or seems like over paying, do it with a premier position in two years it won’t seem as much.

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HighPlainsDrifter's picture

November 16, 2020 at 05:51 am

Very glad that Bakh will be staying to protect AR.

I will wait for TGR's learned analysis before freaking about what this means with respect to signing Jones, Williams, King, etc. The concern regarding a lowering of the cap may be overblown. Regardless, a lower cap will impact all teams. Fans tend to concentrate on their own team, without regard as to whether other teams will have adequate resources to sign their team's potential free agents.

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Jantoven's picture

November 16, 2020 at 07:53 am

Reading some comments on Twitter from Ken Igallis, who is very good with the cap, and it seems he is projecting that next year's luxury tax figure with Bakh will be ~11.2mil or so, after he is restructured.

That obviously will take up a good chunk of our space, but it does create some flexibility too. I do highly suspect that the three you mentioned (King, Williams, Jones) are all gone - Jones + Williams because RBs aren't usually great in terms of long-term investments, and King because we can't retain everyone.

In the draft, they'll likely prioritize CB/DL the most (with CB probably #1), then beyond those two spots, likely RB, WR, OL, EDGE (assuming Preston is released).

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jannes bjornson's picture

November 16, 2020 at 02:22 pm

Kirksey and P Smith should be moved.

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Turophile's picture

November 16, 2020 at 11:09 am

It's a huge deal, a bold deal. I'm not sure if it is a wise deal, I can't make my mind up either way.

Things would be easier if we knew what the 2021 cap would be. If it is $175m or close to that, then after the 2020 season you might well be saying goodbye to FAs Linsley, King and Aaron Jones. Wagner is another possible cut. That is hard to swallow (not Wagner so much, but Jones/Linsley/King, maybe even Jamaal Williams).

Despite my reservations I do get the importance of keeping the jersey of a first ballot HOF and 37 year old QB clean. That is the dilemma, if it were an easy decision I'd have already made up my mind one way or another.

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PhantomII's picture

November 16, 2020 at 09:17 pm

WR Adams contract due 2021, CB J. Alexander soon also. Dillon has not been exercised in this game plan to know anything about him yet.

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PhantomII's picture

November 17, 2020 at 06:01 am

I get the importance of the position but Rodgers did get 2 broken collar bones w/ Bak on the team. Stuff happens.Getting contributors to offense or defense takes years. Rodgers doesn't have that kind of time for a Championship push. The only way this works is if Gute unloads players and salary and reloads at the right spots / weaknesses we currently have and whoever we can't resign. Gute will have to be very busy in FA. The COVID vaccine touted should fix the stadiums hollow feel next year. That will help the CAP.

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