The Green Bay Packers will have a new-look offense in 2023. For the first time in more than three decades, someone not named Brett Favre or Aaron Rodgers will start at quarterback in week one. A massive part of the offense’s success will come from the offensive line play. Overall, the Green Bay Packers have had above-average offensive lines over the last few decades. The Packers look to continue that trend going forward.
Green Bay Packers Expected To Sign In-House Offensive Lineman Yosh Nijman To Massive Deal
David DeChant of The Athletic recently published an article that stated tackle Yosh Nijman is primed to cash in on his value next off-season at an annual contract number upwards of $20 million.
“Nijman is far from a household name, but he’s played left tackle (782 snaps) and right tackle (528) since 2020 at an above-average level. Those guys get paid, and paid big,” DeChant wrote. “He’s been best on the left, allowing three sacks and a 2.94 percent pressure rate, compared to five [sacks] and 4.36 [percent rate], respectively, on the right. A restricted free agent this offseason, Nijman received the second-round tender (worth $4.3 million) from the Packers. He could push for $17 million or more annually on his next deal.”
Nijman joined the Packers in 2019 as an un-drafted free agent out of Virginia Tech. He didn’t see a regular season snap until the 2020 season. That year he appeared in all 16 games for the Green Bay Packers but never earned a start.
His reliability continued over the next two years, as Nijman played in all 17 games both seasons. He started eight games in 2021 and 13 games in 2022. He is currently slotted as the starter at right tackle opposite Bakhtiari heading into the upcoming season. Nijman’s versatility makes him a valuable asset to the Green Bay Packers offense even despite his status as at least one rung below elite at the tackle position.
With the possibility of David Bakhtiari moving on from the Green Bay Packers in the near future, this would be a massive signing to continue that above average play along the offensive line.
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