David Bakhtiari enters final year of his contract, not sweating extension

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Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari enters the final year of his contract, trying to position himself for a third contract with the team that drafted him in the fourth round.

Bakhtiari was one game into the final year of his rookie contract in 2016 when he signed a four-year, $48 million extension. On Tuesday, Bakhtiari wouldn’t say whether his representation and the Packers have begun talks on another extension.

“Even if I were to be talking, I wouldn’t disclose that information,” Bakhtiari said, via Ryan Wood of packersnews.com.

This offseason, the Texans signed left tackle Laremy Tunsil to a three-year, $66 million million deal, and the Colts gave Anthony Castonzo a two-year, $33 million contract.

Bakhtiari’s 2016 extension, a top-five deal at the time, now ranks 12th among left tackles in average annual salary.

“At the end of the day,” Bakhtiari said, “I look to how I did in ’16. I get paid to play. I’m the left tackle, and I’m under contract for another season, and that’s what I’m focused on. Whatever the organization decides they want to do moving forward with me, we can have that conversation when it’s there. But, yeah, as of right now, I’m just focusing on making sure I play good football whenever it comes up, because the times right now have definitely been different. So I think a lot of guys right now are changing their preparation and process so that’s been taking the center stage.

“I’m not really thinking about what goes into the next step, because I need to make sure I take this right step that’s happening right now.”

Bakhtiari, 28, is a two-time Pro Bowler and earned All-Pro honors in 2018.

14 responses to “David Bakhtiari enters final year of his contract, not sweating extension

  1. Why would he sweat a new contract he’ll get a butt load of money on the open market.

  2. This contract, as well as the Kenny Clark deal, are really the only two significant impending free agents the Packers have to secure.
    There are obviously others that you’d like to address, but the focus remains on those two.

  3. A top 3 tackle in the league, he will get his. The question at age 28 will he take a 5 year deal or will he want a short one to get back on the market at 31 when a Tackle can still cash in.

  4. pkrlvr says:
    June 9, 2020 at 8:07 pm

    Sure glad he’s not threatening a hold out like some other players in our division.

    Or practically begging for a trade to the Bills.
    We’ve got it pretty good here in Titletown.

  5. Is there a player in the league that gets away with more holding penalties than this guy??

  6. Bakhtiari too knows full well a business must be run. He will be compensated an amount commensurate with his value to the team. Same rules for everybody else, it’s no mystery.

  7. “I’m not really thinking about what goes into the next step, because I need to focus on what goes into this step right here.”

    David Bakhtiari is only focused on preparing for the season and only cares about having a great season with and for his team. He is the elder statesman on the OL, now that his very good friend Bryan Bulaga is gone. Bryan led that OL room and now the 28 yr old best LT in the NFL is the leader. The Packers could not have a better man for the job. Gute knows what Bakh means to the team and the contract extension will get done when it gets done. He has a process for that.

    Bakh is only focused one thing: “At the end of the day I get paid to play. I’m the left tackle and I’m under contract for another season, and that’s what I’m focused on.”

    That is Packer people folks. This is why so many envy us here in TitleTown.



  8. Not ashamed to say he’s about the best LT in the NFL — seems like a good guy too. As to the obsession with referencing the Vikings above, certainly there has never ever been a Packer player seeking to leave the team or holding out for more money, never any player dissatisfaction with personnel moves or, gasp, never internal dissension with senior management. Nope that just happens to other teams. . . .

  9. If he goes the FA, he may be looking for that last very large guaranteed money. He earned it. Will or can the packers open their wallets.

  10. Like Aaron Rogers, he sounds like an intelligent guy who understands the best way to reach his goals —- no wonder the two of them get along so well.

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