The Green Bay Packers are heading into the 2023 season with a number of major changes expected. The pending Aaron Rodgers trade has captivated headlines all off-season. Rodgers declared his intentions to play for the Jets back in mid-March. While it is still presumed that the Jets will land the four-time MVP, multiple other teams have officially reached out. The move from Aaron Rodgers to Jordan Love has had left tackle David Bakhtiari talking to media outlets all off-season, that was no different today.
Green Bay Packers David Bakhtiari Opens Up Once Again On Podcast
The five-time All-Pro left tackle made an appearance on Barstool Sports’ Bussin’ With The Boys podcast on April 11th. He spoke openly about the pending trade of his quarterback and friend Aaron Rodgers to the New York Jets. Bakhtiari also discussed the Packers organization, using terms like “they” while addressing Green Bay’s future, sparking speculation that he may no longer be a part of that future by as early as next season.
Bakhtiari made another media appearance on the OpenMike podcast with Mike Silver on Saturday to clear up his choice of words and attempt to bring silence to debates initiated by those in the media he says have misinterpreted his comments:
“Yeah, I think there’s been a little bit of awkwardness and I think that just stems from the lack of understanding and the fact that I have to spell it out. I guess this is the platform to do it,” Bakhtiari said.
“They is the front office. I am not the front office. Like I said before, when I act rationally and I take my emotions out and look from a business standpoint, I’m thinking from a third person point of view. So it’s almost annoying the fact that I have to explain that,” Bakhtiari continued. “By responding to any of this it creates credibility and makes it more real. This is just people going off on a tangent and nitpicking words. For what?”
On the Bussin’ With Boys episode, Bakhtiari had this to say about the current Aaron Rodgers trade siutation:
“The Packers are rebuilding, whether you think so or not. Could they be good? I don’t know. Could they be bad? Probably, if you’re betting, more people think they’re going to be bad than good, right?” Bakhtiari said. “So then they’re gonna be like, ‘We’re going to suck anyways, we want what we want and we’re not going to bend [to] anyone, so we’ll just eat [Rodgers’ salary].’”
He went on to clarify those comments as well:
“We’re moving on from a Hall of Fame quarterback. Literally today I talked to Jordan [Love] about this. I’m like, ‘The Packers rebuilt from Brett Favre to Aaron Rodgers.’ What are we going to say? It’s not a rebuild? That is what that is,” Bakhtiari explained. “And that’s totally fine. I’m not saying we’re going to be bad. I’m not saying we’re going to be good. I don’t know and that’s the beauty. No one really knows until we start the season. … I’m on the team and I have no idea.”
There have been many rumors that David Bakhtiari’s time with the Green Bay Packers could be coming to and end soon. If he is not involved in the Aaron Rodgers trade to the New York Jets, 2023 could very well be Bakhtiari’s last season in Green Bay. According to Dane Brugler with The Athletic:
Keeping first-year starting quarterback Jordan Love upright and healthy is paramount, after all,” Schneidman said. “And perhaps Skoronski is Bakhtiari’s successor at left tackle, where he started 33 games at Northwestern.
The Packers will return their top seven offensive linemen from one of the best offensive lines in football, so they don’t need to add to the unit this early. But head coach Matt LaFleur has always preached starting the best five on the offensive line, and that group could include Skoronski at center, right guard or right tackle, with some combination of Josh Myers, Jon Runyan Jr., Yosh Nijman and Zach Tom at the other two spots and David Bakhtiari and Elgton Jenkins on the left side.
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