Packers create salary cap space by restructuring David Bakhtiari’s contract

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The Packers have freed up some salary cap space by restructuring the contract of left tackle David Bakhtiari.

Green Bay converted a $9.5 million roster bonus and $5.5 million of base salary into a signing bonus, according to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN. That should save about $7.5 million of cap space and move that cap hit to 2024 instead. The 2024 season is Bakhtiari’s last on his current contract.

When healthy, Bakhtiari is one of the best offensive linemen in the NFL, although he has struggled to stay healthy. He missed the last four games of the 2020 season, missed 16 games in 2021 and missed six games in 2022.

The Packers have made several moves to free up cap space this offseason and are now about $24 million under the salary cap.

8 responses to “Packers create salary cap space by restructuring David Bakhtiari’s contract

  1. I have a feeling he’ll be a Jet this year also at his age and salary it makes no sense him coming back.

  2. Guess we’re not going to let Aaron take all of his buddies to New York after all. Or, more accurately, it seems they don’t want to go with him.

  3. Missed 26 games during the past three seasons? Not exactly confidence inspiring.

  4. Even as an opposing fan, I like and respect Bakhtiari, from his play, to his personality, to his beer guzzling ability. What I don’t get is why he doesn’t retire before his knee falls off.

  5. The only time Bak missed last year was because of his emergency appendectomy, which was just plain old-fashioned bad luck. For the games he played, he granted out by PFF as one of the best O-linemen. He’s spending this off season working out, rather than rehabbing, which is a huge difference. I just hope the Packers keep him to protect Love this season; no way do you give them an Aaron Rodgers and Bak without a big, big return.

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