Packers sign David Bakhtiari to four-year extension

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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.

76 responses to “Packers sign David Bakhtiari to four-year extension

  1. 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………

  2. 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.

  3. 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).

  4. 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.

  5. 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…..

  6. 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?

  7. 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.

  8. 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

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

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

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    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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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

  17. @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.

  18. 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.

  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?”
    ====================================

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

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. @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.

  24. 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

  25. 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!

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

  31. 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

  32. 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.

  33. 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

  34. 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.

  35. 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.

  36. 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.

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

  39. 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

  40. 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!!!

  41. 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.

  42. 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

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