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Packers sign David Bakhtiari to four-year extension

GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 22:  David Bakhtiari #69 of the Green Bay Packers blocks Troy Polamalu #43 of the Pittsburgh Steelers at Lambeau Field on December 22, 2013 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  The Steelers defeated the Packers 38-31.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Packers didn’t want to give guard Josh Sitton an extension, but they will be holding onto another member of their offensive line.

According to multiple reports, the Packers and left tackle David Bakhtiari have agreed on a four-year extension. Bakhtiari entered this season on the last year of his rookie contract.

Bakhtiari has started 46-of-48 regular season games since the Packers drafted him in the fourth round of the 2013 draft.

The deal is reportedly worth up to $51.67 million in total money and Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Bakhtiari has about $17 million fully guaranteed at signing.

With Bakhtiari signed and Sitton now a member of the Bears following his release, right guard T.J. Lang and center J.C. Tretter are the two members of Packers’ starting offensive line without deals beyond this season.

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  1. nitzie says: Sep 13, 2016 10:01 AM

    Well, that explains the Sitton move.

  2. atthemurph says: Sep 13, 2016 10:04 AM

    Best LT in the division and still only 24 years old.

  3. TB12RALLYCRY says: Sep 13, 2016 10:05 AM

    I think Baktiari is highly over rated and would have made more sense to pay Sitton , then again I dont think eith er one is worth 52 million dollars…..there both pedestrian lineman who I see get beat on a regulat basis………

  4. ninjapleazee says: Sep 13, 2016 10:07 AM

    shots fired. Sitton will be playing with a chip when they play the packers.

  5. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Sep 13, 2016 10:08 AM

    Locking up the Persian Prince. Another great move by Mr. Ted Thompson.

    #HeadedtoHouston #Hangry

  6. shaggytoodle says: Sep 13, 2016 10:09 AM

    Congrats I’m ok with him signing a fair deal, it does make me feel there was more to Sitton situation.

    It’s one thing for him to want to get paid, but if he wanted to get paid top guard money. Which he could ask for, but something GB wouldn’t be interested in.

  7. gbjax says: Sep 13, 2016 10:12 AM

    Smart!

  8. ariani1985 says: Sep 13, 2016 10:13 AM

    Locking up the Persian pansie is great news for all DE in the league!

  9. nyneal says: Sep 13, 2016 10:16 AM

    Good move by Thompson. When he’s healthy Bakhtiari is a very good left tackle. Plus — he’s only 25 (turns 25 the end of this month).

  10. numba1wiscosportsfan says: Sep 13, 2016 10:17 AM

    Ah geez. really? I would have rather kept Sitton. Time will tell I guess. In Ted we trust, next man up etc. Kinda getting tired of this front office tho. GO PACK!!

    >

  11. jwcarlson says: Sep 13, 2016 10:19 AM

    Sitton move was so they could front load the contract, as Ted likes to do. It’s not rocket science.

  12. packsupersoldier says: Sep 13, 2016 10:20 AM

    Left tackles get the big bucks. Protect the franchise.

  13. smithdp says: Sep 13, 2016 10:22 AM

    It’s all about their ages. Bakhtiari is 24, Sitton was 3o or 31. If you are going to pay someone, and you have to choose, pay the person who is still going to be in his prime by the end of his contract.

  14. harness88 says: Sep 13, 2016 10:23 AM

    Woopie…

  15. vikingjack73 says: Sep 13, 2016 10:26 AM

    So…..nearly $13 million a year for David Baktiari???
    Jesus I need to hire his agent!

    What a joke!

  16. The Almighty Cabbage says: Sep 13, 2016 10:26 AM

    I would imagine Tretter is next, followed by Linsley. Both are young with lots of upside. I hope they also keep TJ Lang as he’s the baddest man on the team.

  17. mvp43 says: Sep 13, 2016 10:32 AM

    vikingjack73 says:
    Sep 13, 2016 10:26 AM

    So…..nearly $13 million a year for David Baktiari???
    Jesus I need to hire his agent!

    What a joke!

    ————————-

    Not when you’re protecting the best player in the game. Good LT’s are hard to find and he’s an ascending player. This is another great move by Ted…..

  18. jgo304 says: Sep 13, 2016 10:46 AM

    Most Overrated LT in the NFL & I’m a packers fan.

  19. sportoficionado says: Sep 13, 2016 10:51 AM

    wait wait, Bakhtairi this up a little bit–you’re Sitton to tell me that the pack let go of a pro bowl guard to only overpay for a variation of a swinging gate at left tackle? bbbbrrrrr?

  20. btv77 says: Sep 13, 2016 10:58 AM

    Pump the brakes on all the Sitton banter. He was outwardly and highly critical of his coaches and team mates, had a poor attitude in practice and it was rubbing off on the younger guys. Factor in his age, last year of contract and bad back….time to move on. Only bummer is we weren’t able to get anything for him.

    As for Dave, he’s an excellent pass blocker and average run blocker. The ones that are very good in the run and pass are HOFs. You really can’t ask for much more from most left tackles.

  21. vikingjack73 says: Sep 13, 2016 11:01 AM

    Ted Thompson is the most overrated GM in sports and there isn’t a close 2nd!!

    Packers fans are brainwashed over a couple moves that turned out
    How about the other 2 dozen that didn’t??!!

    The most overrated franchise in sports has the most overrated GM in sports!
    Fitting

  22. pkrh8tr says: Sep 13, 2016 11:02 AM

    Mediocrity at its best.

  23. mvp43 says: Sep 13, 2016 11:05 AM

    jgo304 says:
    Sep 13, 2016 10:46 AM

    Most Overrated LT in the NFL & I’m a packers fan.

    ————————

    As a Packer fan, you should know that he gets stellar grades from Pro Football Focus as a pass blocker. not as good as a run blocker, but he’s not getting paid for that. Had he made it to free agency, he would’ve been the highest rated player under 34 at that position. I don’t see how he’s overrated. He’s very good now and getting better.

  24. aypeeswhippingstick says: Sep 13, 2016 11:15 AM

    Bahk on only one leg is a better left tackle than the swinging gate Kalil. Kalil will be playing for the Bears next season too as even Spielman has to realize he wasted his first round pick on him.

  25. contra74 says: Sep 13, 2016 11:16 AM

    Just goes to show how much mediocrity is rewarded in green bay

  26. mvp43 says: Sep 13, 2016 11:19 AM

    vikingjack73 says:
    Sep 13, 2016 11:01 AM
    ————————————

    56 years and counting…..

  27. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Sep 13, 2016 11:20 AM

    Good money for a back-up.

  28. qoojo says: Sep 13, 2016 11:35 AM

    This is what I expected was a part of the decision to let Sitton go. I am happy to see that they could get Bak’s deal done this year before he hit the open market.

  29. Floriosqueens says: Sep 13, 2016 11:35 AM

    4 more years of false starts and getting beat.

  30. packrule says: Sep 13, 2016 11:37 AM

    Vikings fans are funny I love the banter…..most overrated this and that. The print for most of those posts should be in green……and not for GB green but for envy! Cheers, good move lock up a good young player early and typically we will see in a year or so that we’re getting a really good price ala a number of other deals we signed guys to that tend to be early and set the market and you watch the price go up year over year and we’re in the lower side. Great move, saw it coming.

  31. pervyspankspackfans says: Sep 13, 2016 11:37 AM

    Everson Griffin approves…

  32. numba1minnysportsfan says: Sep 13, 2016 11:39 AM

    DANGIT!

    Hey, guys, big VIKES fan hear.

    I was hoping the Packers would drop this guy. The Packers line was at least getting wholes open for Lacy.

    Petersen had 1 yard per carry

  33. pkrlvr says: Sep 13, 2016 11:52 AM

    This time next week, trolls will be quiet…and whinning about the refs.

  34. tjacks7 says: Sep 13, 2016 11:56 AM

    That hurts. If the Packers oline plays against the Vikings like they did against the Jags it’ll be a long day for Rodgers who will probably be broken in half.

  35. tjacks7 says: Sep 13, 2016 12:06 PM

    Nice to see you have a realistic view and are prepared, pkrlvr.

  36. purplepride11 says: Sep 13, 2016 12:10 PM

    He is gonna get smoked this sunday!

  37. The Almighty Cabbage says: Sep 13, 2016 12:15 PM

    Haiku:

    Purples always yap yap yap.

    Packers win the game.

    Then purples cry refs refs refs.

  38. fartweasel says: Sep 13, 2016 12:18 PM

    My condolences to Mr. B. Keep trying, if you work hard and keep your nose clean, maybe some day you’ll get to play for a real NFL team.

  39. cardinealsfan20 says: Sep 13, 2016 12:18 PM

    We need a broader perspective here. The Sitton/Bakhtairi moves are not directly related. Good salary cap management does not work that way. Other roster concerns factor into the situation.

  40. vikingjack73 says: Sep 13, 2016 12:21 PM

    The Almighty Cabbage says,
    “Purple always yap yap yap
    Packers win the game ”

    Just like the rest of your fan base, how quickly you forget how your beloved Packers chocked LIKE DOGS at home, on National television with the division on the line!!!

    #Chokejob
    #anotherwastedyearasaSuperBowlfavorite
    #wastingRodgersprime
    #overrated

  41. butthurtqueenie says: Sep 13, 2016 12:22 PM

    Rick wasted our 1st round pick on Kalil and Thompson found this guy in the 4th.

    The refs are going to hand the game to the Packers this Sunday I just know it!

  42. cardinealsfan20 says: Sep 13, 2016 12:24 PM

    @tjacks7 – Perhaps the improvement of the Jacksonville defense has escaped some people. It won’t be 100+ degrees when Malik Jackson and friends take on the Vikings OLine. AP may have another difficult day.

  43. tjacks7 says: Sep 13, 2016 12:41 PM

    cardinealsfan20 says:

    @tjacks7 – Perhaps the improvement of the Jacksonville defense has escaped some people. It won’t be 100+ degrees when Malik Jackson and friends take on the Vikings OLine. AP may have another difficult day.

    The Jaguars defense is not much improved. More talented? Sure. But in the first game in that system for half of their defense? They’re not improved yet, that remains to be seen. They gave up 28 PPG last year. This year, 27 PPG. They’ll probably get better but they weren’t any better last Sunday.

    We’ve already seen that if teams want to stack the box, Hill can make plays with his arm. Out to Patterson, deep ball to digs. And we’ve seen the linebackers jump hard for the play action multiple times creating easy throws to Rudolph. He just has to be more accurate and productive in the red zone. That’ll likely come as whoever plays QB continues to gel with the receivers.

  44. granadafan says: Sep 13, 2016 1:01 PM

    “sportoficionado says:
    Sep 13, 2016 10:51 AM
    wait wait, Bakhtairi this up a little bit–you’re Sitton to tell me that the pack let go of a pro bowl guard to only overpay for a variation of a swinging gate at left tackle? bbbbrrrrr?”
    ====================================

    Well, one is considered a locker room cancer, and the other isn’t, so there’s that….

  45. LombardisHouse says: Sep 13, 2016 1:12 PM

    Let me get this straight. Viking fan is making fun of this signing when he could have gotten about 10 mil more on the open market. He grades out very high on Pro Football Focus and he was a 4th round pick. How’s your 1st round LT working out for you? Bradfords an injury waiting to happen, I’d be more worried about keeping your over priced QB upright than who the Packers sign.

  46. shaggytoodle says: Sep 13, 2016 1:19 PM

    Another thing tha TT does is when he signs players to contracts he tends to let then hit FA before turning 30 which is right about where Bhak is, he also doesn’t like signingg players that are over 30 which is where Sitton is.

    Say what you want TT has rules and he generally sticks to them, and as much as Trolls like to talk smacknablur him the last time GB missed the playoffs was a Rodgers first season as a starter there Very view teamed that can say that in the entire NFL and certainly none in the NGV.

  47. rho1953 says: Sep 13, 2016 1:35 PM

    Sitton was dumped for cause. He was becoming a distraction and a cancer on the team and especially younger O linemen. At thirty he wasn’t worth the six million much less the increases he wanted long term. Always better to let them walk a year early than a year too late. The roster has to turn over constantly. There is no shortage of good players, other than QB’s.

  48. cardinealsfan20 says: Sep 13, 2016 1:46 PM

    @tjacks7 – Well, I watched the Jacksonville/Packers game. I’m guessing that you did not since the Vikings were playing at the same time.

    I guess you’ll have to take my word, and the opinion of almost all learned analysts, that the Jags D is much improved, including their performance Sunday. Also, 27 points per game, based on only game, is not the most accurate simple size.

  49. cardinealsfan20 says: Sep 13, 2016 1:47 PM

    *sample* size.

  50. Rolo Tomassi says: Sep 13, 2016 2:07 PM

    Typical Packer PR move
    Paksers propaganda

  51. contra74 says: Sep 13, 2016 2:13 PM

    Please oh PLEASE extend Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy for a minimum of 10 years.

  52. eaststsfb says: Sep 13, 2016 2:27 PM

    Just like the rest of your fan base, how quickly you forget how your beloved Packers chocked LIKE DOGS at home, on National television with the division on the line!!!

    Vikingjack – are you really gonna talk about choke jobs after what happened to your team last year?????????? Really????????

    #Wideleft

  53. axespray says: Sep 13, 2016 2:39 PM

    30 year old malcontent with back problems or 24 year old team player who protects the QB’s blindside?

    Gerrrh! Ted! You’ve gotta sign the guy whose name I recognize!!!

    #ShouldVESignedJariusByrdStevenJacksonInsteadOfDraftingHaHaAndLacy!

  54. The Almighty Cabbage says: Sep 13, 2016 2:50 PM

    Vikingjack,

    I’m not yet sure which one of the many purples I’ve embarrassed to the point you run away and create a new username you are, but I will. I always do.

    In the meantime, enjoy puffing up your chest and crowing about your one precious victory in … what… 10 games? 12 games? Even a blind hog finds a cob of corn now and then.

  55. mvp43 says: Sep 13, 2016 2:52 PM

    contra74 says:
    Sep 13, 2016 2:13 PM

    Please oh PLEASE extend Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy for a minimum of 10 years.

    —————–

    I’m good with that considering their record together is 105-55.

    In case your wondering, the Vikes record over the same period of time is 79-81.

  56. filthymcnasty3 says: Sep 13, 2016 2:57 PM

    You can’t contend for championships without solid tackle play. This signing helps ensure that the Packers continue their string of advancing further than any division opponent for years to come.

    Better football.

    For better people.

  57. purpleguy says: Sep 13, 2016 3:01 PM

    You have to give it to TT, he has some success finding good players at OT (Clifton, Tauscher, et al). However, I thought TT had told Lang and Sitton that they wouldn’t negotiate contracts during the season? That must only have applied to OGs.

  58. rogstew2 says: Sep 13, 2016 3:05 PM

    For all of the haters:

    Lane Taylor was a BEAST on Sunday.

    Look at the tape.

    I think this means that Spriggs moves inside and that Lang becomes a FA

  59. fngs1 says: Sep 13, 2016 3:10 PM

    contra74 says:
    Sep 13, 2016 11:16 AM

    Just goes to show how much mediocrity is rewarded in green bay
    ————————————————————
    What’s doe’s that say about your club? Yes the Vike’s have been chasing the Pack for years. Yes your club won the division last year, but what have they done lately? You know like you are always telling the Pack fans.

  60. contra74 says: Sep 13, 2016 3:11 PM

    eaststsfb says:
    Sep 13, 2016 2:27 PM
    Just like the rest of your fan base, how quickly you forget how your beloved Packers chocked LIKE DOGS at home, on National television with the division on the line!!!

    Vikingjack – are you really gonna talk about choke jobs after what happened to your team last year?????????? Really????????

    #Wideleft
    —–
    How does one teams outcome erase the fact that the Packer outcome was a complete chokejob? Oh, hashtags on a site that does not support hashtags? I got one for you.

    #WideOpenLeftLarryFitzgerald

  61. packrule says: Sep 13, 2016 3:26 PM

    contra74 says:
    Sep 13, 2016 2:13 PM

    Please oh PLEASE extend Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy for a minimum of 10 years.

    _______________

    Absolutely only the second best record over the last 7 years to the Pats. Perennial SB team and playoff contender. Sure we haven’t won it all but we’re always one of 12 to make it. I’ll take that year after year please and thank you TT and MM. On to next.

  62. eaststsfb says: Sep 13, 2016 3:31 PM

    eaststsfb says:
    Sep 13, 2016 2:27 PM
    Just like the rest of your fan base, how quickly you forget how your beloved Packers chocked LIKE DOGS at home, on National television with the division on the line!!!

    Vikingjack – are you really gonna talk about choke jobs after what happened to your team last year?????????? Really????????

    #Wideleft
    —–
    How does one teams outcome erase the fact that the Packer outcome was a complete chokejob? Oh, hashtags on a site that does not support hashtags? I got one for you.

    #WideOpenLeftLarryFitzgerald

    Contra, do you even know what a choke job is???? It’s not winning a game or performing a task that you are supposed to – the Packers were not supposed to beat the Cardinals in the playoffs – they were lucky to go to OT. But as far as Walsh and the chip shot FG………choke job.

    #Packersare13timeworldchampionsandtheVikingshaveneverwonanythingever

  63. packrule says: Sep 13, 2016 3:32 PM

    purpleguy says:
    Sep 13, 2016 3:01 PM

    You have to give it to TT, he has some success finding good players at OT (Clifton, Tauscher, et al). However, I thought TT had told Lang and Sitton that they wouldn’t negotiate contracts during the season? That must only have applied to OGs.

    _________________

    Neither Clifton nor Taush were drafted by TT. TT and Co advised Lang and Sitton that there were other priorities in front of them nothing more nothing less.

  64. packrule says: Sep 13, 2016 3:35 PM

    purpleguy says:
    Sep 13, 2016 3:01 PM

    You have to give it to TT, he has some success finding good players at OT (Clifton, Tauscher, et al). However, I thought TT had told Lang and Sitton that they wouldn’t negotiate contracts during the seaaon

    ________________________________
    Neither Cliffy nor Tausch were drafted by TT and CO. TT and Co suggested to Sitton and Lang that others were ahead of them in the pecking order for deals not that they wouldn’t negotiate during the season.

  65. xDocOpsx says: Sep 13, 2016 3:58 PM

    vikingjack73 says:
    Sep 13, 2016 10:26 AM
    So…..nearly $13 million a year for David Baktiari???
    Jesus I need to hire his agent!

    What a joke!

    ^^^^^^^^^^

    You do realize that the Vikings are paying Kalil $11M this year. Let that one sink in.

  66. packsupersoldier says: Sep 13, 2016 4:01 PM

    Compare the market for tackles to the market for guards. Tackles get paid more. They are generally more athletic, face the best pass rushers (on an island), and are harder to replace.

  67. packsupersoldier says: Sep 13, 2016 4:06 PM

    BTW, Spriggs might be able to get by at right tackle if he builds strength but he’ll never be a guard and he’ll always be best suited for the left side. I figure he’ll be ready to take over when Bakhtiari’s contract expires.

  68. siuleno says: Sep 13, 2016 4:13 PM

    well, i guess when you don’t have a chance, you revert to telling other teams they don’t either. lol. we are not the same. our team has actually won championships. now go raise your division banner. that’s as close as you get. #alsoran

  69. h0metownzero says: Sep 13, 2016 4:44 PM

    Zimmer heard the news, and cancelled practice.

  70. vikingjack73 says: Sep 13, 2016 5:21 PM

    Kalil is signed for ONE YEAR!
    He’s gone next year
    I was hoping he’d be gone this year, but yeah I’m not the GM

    YES the Packers choked in the playoffs last year at AZ
    They may have been the underdog, but when you go into the 4th quarter with double-digit lead & LOSE, it’s a choke job!

    Btw, the Vikings as team didn’t choke against Seattle
    The kicker did
    The defense stopped Seattle when they needed to
    The offense moved down the field into position for a very makable kick
    The kicker choked

    But your whole team choked, especially your entire defense in the 4th quarter & overtime vs AZ last year AND Seattle the year before that!!!

  71. njpackerfan says: Sep 13, 2016 5:22 PM

    Once again the Packers beat the Bears.

  72. xDocOpsx says: Sep 13, 2016 5:41 PM

    vikingjack73 says:
    Sep 13, 2016 5:21 PM
    Kalil is signed for ONE YEAR!
    He’s gone next year
    I was hoping he’d be gone this year, but yeah I’m not the GM

    YES the Packers choked in the playoffs last year at AZ
    They may have been the underdog, but when you go into the 4th quarter with double-digit lead & LOSE, it’s a choke job!

    Btw, the Vikings as team didn’t choke against Seattle
    The kicker did
    The defense stopped Seattle when they needed to
    The offense moved down the field into position for a very makable kick
    The kicker choked

    But your whole team choked, especially your entire defense in the 4th quarter & overtime vs AZ last year AND Seattle the year before that!!!

    ^^^^^^^

    The Vikings had the option to cut or extend Kalil’s contract to offset that price, but they did nothing and he is on the team with a 11M cap hit.

    Ahh yes you are right. I totally forgot that the Vikings offense came out and allowed the Seahawks to kick a FG that gave them the lead.

  73. mvp43 says: Sep 13, 2016 5:47 PM

    All of these Vike fans chiming in on a Packer story? Wow, must be tough being the little brother.

  74. allight59 says: Sep 13, 2016 5:55 PM

    Everson Griffith is grinning from ear to ear…..easy matchup twice a year for the next 4 years….SKOL

  75. shaggytoodle says: Sep 13, 2016 5:55 PM

    The Almighty Cabbage says:

    Purples always yap yap yap.
    Packers win the game.
    Then purples cry refs refs refs.
    ______

    There is a new poet at PFT and his name is Jonn Ceeeeenna

  76. 250dollarnflowner says: Sep 13, 2016 6:06 PM

    but the real question is, can he catch and tackle a player from behind who is trying to score on another Erin tiny hands fumble??!

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