The Green Bay Packers have had a franchise-altering off-season. The Green Bay Packers finalized the trade to send Aaron Rodgers to New York just days before the 2023 NFL Draft. That coupled with many veterans choosing to sign elsewhere, has initiated a new, younger, era in Green Bay. There is one more veteran that the Green Bay Packers could move on from that would “close out” the 2010s era for good. Left Tackle David Bakhtiari.
Green Bay Named In Massive David Bakhtiari Trade
According to an article by Freddie Boston:
David Bakhtiari is still one of the best pass protectors in football, but his time with the Green Bay Packers could be nearing an end.
According to Spotrac, Bakhtiari’s cap hit rises to $40.47 million next year. That’s quarterback money for a left tackle entering his age-33 season. The Packers have gotten younger this offseason by moving on from several veteran starters.
“They are the best team in the league, and they are risking a lot with Patrick Mahomes, having Donovan Smith as their left tackle for this season,” Herman said. “And you can solve that with only a $2 million salary cap hit by adding David Bakhtiari to the roster. If I were Kansas City, I’d be calling Green Bay right now and offering my second-round pick for next year.”
Herman is spot on about the salary cap. According to Over The Cap, the Chiefs would pay $2.47 million on the cap this year and $21.5 million in 2024, which is well worth it for an All-Pro tackle.
Talk about a win-win trade.
The Chiefs find the perfect replacement for Orlando Brown. Bakhtiari has two years remaining on his contract, and he instantly helps protect their all-world quarterback. Kansas City has won two of the past four Super Bowls, playing in three. Protecting Mahomes is priority number one to getting back there this season.
David Bakhtiari has been long rumored to be on the trading block for the Green Bay Packers. Especially after Green Bay traded Aaron Rodgers away. It will be interesting to see what kind of value Bakhtiari would get in the trade market, when healthy, he has proven that he is still one of the best tackles in football.
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