David Bakhtiari restructuring gives Packers $8.3 million in cap space

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During the season, the Packers gave tackle David Bakhtiari a massive new contract. Bakhtiari has now given the team some cap flexibility.

Via Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, Bakhtiari agreed to convert an $11 million roster bonus due next month into a signing bonus. The transformation allows the payment to be spread over multiple years for cap purposes. It creates $8.3 million in cap space for 2021. Bakhtiari essentially confirmed the move, retweeting the Rapoport tweet with a “you’re welcome” gif.

The new deal reduces Bakhtiari’s 2021 cap number from $19.322 million to $11.01 million. It increases his cap number for 2022 through 2024 by $2.768 million each year.

This type of restructuring, which costs the player no money, could be more common than usual this year, given the likely reduction in the salary cap from $198.2 million in 2020. Pushing cap dollars to future years will be easier to justify this year, given that the cap likely will climb in 2022 and beyond.

For the Packers, the extra money will come in handy, especially if they hope to re-sign pending free agents running back Aaron Jones and center Corey Linsley. The cap space also could be used to pursue new free agents, like Wisconsin native J.J. Watt.

33 responses to “David Bakhtiari restructuring gives Packers $8.3 million in cap space

  1. The Pack will need all the help they can get for 2021 … a very wicked schedule awaits them.

  2. Watt would be an upgrade over the Packers DEs. But three big caveats:
    1) Only when he’s healthy enough to play, which has been an issue as he’s aged.
    2) He’s far from the guy he was 5-7 years ago.
    3) Even with the Bakhtiari signing, GB is still likely $20M OVER the cap. And that’s if they let Jones, J. Williams, Linsley and King all walk.

  3. More to come…👏👍

    Gute and Russ Ball are the best in the business.

    Mark Murphy: “We’re going all in to bring #14 home.”



  4. They are kicking the can down the road because thd packers know they are going to have pay Rodgers big bucks. Again.

  5. Buyer’s remorse?? . . . don’t think so, the article is about David Bakhtiari, not Kirk Cousins.

  6. freefromwhatyouare says:
    February 13, 2021 at 8:20 pm
    More to come…👏👍

    Gute and Russ Ball are the best in the business.

    Mark Murphy: “We’re going all in to bring #14 home.”




    Brady: “I’ll go all in to bring #8 home.” 😉

  7. Lots of people think that because some NFL players are demanding trades and input into personnel, they’re becoming like NBA players.
    No. They’re a long way off from becoming even close to NBA players. NBA players get fully guaranteed contracts that they aren’t asked to constantly restructure. The NBA has a “soft” salary cap that they can exceed to re-sign their own players.
    Until the NFL gets anything like that, asking for trades is the only “Power” they’ll ever have.

  8. Just hope Rodgers doesn’t ruin GB plans by asking for a raise even though he has 3 years left on his contract. If he does he has no one to blame if GB doesn’t have enough quality players.

  9. The tackle gets to jump offsides every play and make millions lol
    He literally can’t be offside but whatever

  10. Question: Usually if a guy retires, early he has to give back the unearned portion of his signing bonus. What happens if part of the signing bonus is from a move like this? Doesn’t seem fair.

  11. Take notes Aaron. You get 3 options and only get to pick 2 of them:

    – Money
    – Offensive supporting cast
    – Top 10 defense

    Knowing Aaron, he’ll demand a new contract, come up short in the playoffs again, and gripe about how they need better players to make a run at the Superbowl.

  12. As always and without exception, Rodgers will say and do nothing and he’ll let the process play out. He trusts the Packers and they trust him. Rodgers understands perhaps more clearly than most, it’s a business first. The Packers will do what they can with what they have and Rodgers will not make any demands. Never has, never will. Haters think differently, but they don’t really think, do they?

  13. He is only restructuring so the pack will make aaron the highest paid player in the NFL. This is why Brady has 7 Championships and aaron has 1

  14. blizzardwarning says:
    February 14, 2021 at 10:43 am
    The Packers are still $15 over the cap, before the cap is reduced further.


    If that’s all it is, I hope someone will take a $16 pay cut!

  15. I hope to see all you Rodgers bashers back here after he does the exact same thing Bak just did here.

  16. Washed up. The Texans would have traded him before the deadline if they could have gotten anything for him.

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