David Bakhtiari’s Contact Looks Like a Complete Steal
I wonder how David Bakhtiari must feel this morning. Sure, there are probably some aches and pains from the first day of Training Camp, but he must be disappointed to see the money that his fellow offensive linemen got this morning. Both Tennessee and Atlanta dropped massive bags on their left tackles today paying them a combined $155 million dollars. If you recall, the Packers have Bakhtiari signed through 2020 on a four-year deal worth $40 million dollars. Best part is David Bakhtiari is better than Taylor Lewan or Jake Matthews.
— Tennessee Titans (@Titans) July 27, 2018
We have agreed to terms with Jake Matthews on a 5-year extension.
— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) July 27, 2018
This continues to be an ongoing trend with the Packers. They beat the market on players before they become too expensive. The same thing happened with Davante Adams. Former Packers general manager Ted Thompson made sure to have Adams locked up to a team-friendly deal before he went off to free agency. After the money that receivers like Brandin Cooks are making, Adams has to be a little upset. I do also believe the Adams thing is twofold because I’m sure it concerned Green Bay how close Davante was to his former teammate Derek Carr. On the open market, Tae is probably signing a huge deal with the Raiders.
Bakhtiari is still making money, and he could be in for another huge payday in 2020 just like Adams will have another day to shine from a money-making perspective. But this is why the Packers are one of the more financially savvy teams in football, and part of the reason why Russ Ball was considered to be the General Manager. Ball is a salary cap wizard, and this trend will continue for the Packers.
Right now, Green Bay doesn’t have anyone that’s worth locking up early unless you believe Randall Cobb still can be a force since he’s only 27. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix hasn’t shown enough, and Clay Matthews is heading towards his twilight. But you never know from the Packers. Obviously, Aaron Rodgers looms with the contact extension, but the real ones know it’s just media fodder at this point.