JUST IN: Packers Projected to Replace David Bakhtiari With $168 Million Star

The Green Bay Packers have two second-round picks in the 2024 NFL draft courtesy of last year’s Aaron Rodgers trade. Could they potentially put one of those picks toward getting a replacement for left tackle David Bakhtiari?

 

The Packers will have to decide if they want to make a long-term switch at left tackle and move on from Bakhtiari during the 2024 offseason. The five-time All-Pro has one season left on his contract, but he is still recovering from the latest injury setback with his surgically repaired left knee and carries a $40 million cap hit into the 2023 season.

 

Should the Packers cut the cord, Bleacher Report’s Alex Ballentine projects that Denver Broncos left tackle Garett Bolles — a 2020 All-Pro — could be a fit for them in a trade. He suggested the Packers send their own second-round selection (No. 58 overall) to the Broncos in exchange for Bolles, an experienced vet to cover Jordan Love’s blindside.

 

 

“The Packers don’t usually trade picks for players, but they have five picks in the top 100 and 11 total picks in this year’s draft,” Ballentine wrote on February 7. “If there’s a time to use one of those picks who could be a veteran difference-maker it’s now.”

 

 

Bolles allowed just three sacks and 27 pressures over 17 games for the Broncos in 2023 and finished with Pro Football Focus’ third-highest pass-blocking grade (83.8) among the 23 offensive tackles who played at least 1,000 total snaps. The Packers would not be getting much younger going from Bakhtiari to the 31-year-old Bolles, but they would be getting someone who is both consistently available and plays at a high level.

 

Does it make sense for the Packers in the grand scheme, though?

 

Garett Bolles Would Be Short-Term Fix for Packers

 

The Broncos may explore trade options for Garett Bolles in the coming weeks as they search for ways to get under the 2024 salary cap before March 13’s start of the new league year. He is due a $15.75 million salary and carries a total cap charge of $20 million in 2024, but the Broncos are projected to be roughly $27.88 million over the cap and could create $16 million in savings if they cut or trade him this offseason.

 

Unfortunately, the Packers are dealing with their own salary-cap constraints and must clear about $7.39 million in space before March 13. Even if they make heaps of veteran cuts and clear a significant amount of spending room, they are unlikely to want to give up a second-round pick just to add another over-30 left tackle with a sizable cap hit.

 

Bolles also has just one more year left on his contract, meaning essentially the Packers would be giving up a second-round pick for a one-year rental on him. Perhaps if the Broncos cut him loose and the Packers could negotiate a new deal on their terms with him, then the pairing would make more sense. Even then, he would be a short-term fix.

 

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