The Packers and David Bakhtiari have agreed to an extension, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (on Twitter). Bakhtiari gets a four-year block worth as much as $51.67MM. The new money average is $12MM per year, which puts him in the top five for all offensive linemen in the NFL.
Bakhtiari, 25 at the end of the month, has positioned himself as one of the better offensive tackles in the NFL. A fourth-round pick in 2013, Bakhtiari has made a lot of GMs regret their choices in that draft.
Last year, the advanced stats at Pro Football Focus gave Bakhtiari a 76.3 overall grade. Had he reached the free agent market, he would have been the highest-graded player at left tackle 2015 to be a free agent in 2017 and under the age of 34. Bakhtiari has drawn stellar pass-blocking grades from PFF in the past, though his run-blocking skills are not considered to be on the same level.
Green Bay freed up some money for this deal after they cut talented guard Josh Sitton loose last week. Sitton was scheduled to earn $6.15MM in base salary and count $6.85MM against the cap and the Packers recouped nearly all of that space, save for his $300K workout bonus.
Now that Bakhtiari is taken care of, the Packers may shift their attention to talented right guard T.J. Lang. He is set to earn $6.85MM in the last year of his four-year, ~$21MM extension.
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