The Packers held onto one of the two offensive starters set to become a free agent on Tuesday by striking a deal with wide receiver Randall Cobb on Saturday, but there may not be a similar ending in store for right tackle Bryan Bulaga.
Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Bulaga is seeking a contract that will pay him somewhere in the neighborhood of $7-8 million a season and that the Packers “have no intention” of giving Bulaga a contract in such a neighborhood. There were similar reports about the Packers’ resistance to pay Cobb $10 million a year before they signed Cobb for that amount.
Silverstein adds that the Jaguars, Buccaneers and Redskins have shown the most interest in Bulaga since the three-day “legal tampering” window opened on Saturday. The right tackle market has already lost Doug Free and Derek Newton after they re-signed for nice paydays with the Cowboys and Texans, respectively, and there may be some teams that think Bulaga can be an option at left tackle as well.
Should Bulaga leave the team, Don Barclay would be the in-house option to replace him on the right side of the offensive line.