After four offensive tackles signed contracts worth more than $30 million this offseason, it wouldn’t be surprising at all to hear that David Bakhtiari is looking forward to inking his next deal, whether that’s with the Green Bay Packers or elsewhere.
Set to turn 29 in September, Bakhatiari is headed into a contract year and could be looking at a significant payday. But if there’s been any movement on that front, he’s not tipping his hand, telling reporters during a Zoom call Tuesday that he’s willing to let the chips fall where they may.
“Whatever the organization decides they want to do moving forward with me, we can have that conversation when it’s there,” he said.
Bakhtiari’s last signed a contract extension in 2016, agreeing to a four-year, $48 million deal early in the Packers’ “Run the Table” season. In many ways, that contract has been a bargain; Bakhtiari has provided the Packers with All Pro-caliber play while never counting more than $14.2 million against the salary cap until this season. Even his $14.7 million cap charge this year is fairly palatable, ranking just seventh among offensive tackles and 10th among all offensive linemen.
Fellow tackle Bryan Bulaga signed a three-year, $30 million contract with the Los Angeles Chargers this spring, a figure which Bakhtari should easily surpass, even if he’s not looking down the road that far just yet.