When Kenny Clark signed his extension with the Green Bay Packers, all eyes turned to two other big names on the roster with expiring deals.
Running back Aaron Jones recently announced negotiations were getting underway for his second contract, which then turns attention to offensive lineman David Bakhtiari.
Unfortunately there seems to be no news on that front.
That’s not to say all hope is lost and the elite left tackle won’t be in Green Bay next year and beyond. Both sides of course could work out a deal as the season goes on (and the Packers traditionally only do one preseason extension per year anyway) and there is always the franchise tag to fall back on.
On the flip side the Packers also traditionally don’t do third contracts for offensive linemen (see Josh Sitton and T.J. Lang) and Bakhtiari will turn 29 before the end of the month meaning he will hit that magical age of 30 just as next season starts.
Overpaying a running back while letting a terrific blind side offensive lineman walk out the door would be less than ideal but here’s hoping Russ Ball can work more of his magic and the Packers can keep Bakhtiari around.
The headline will make fans sweat but everyone take a deep breath. There is a lot of time left and Brian Gutekunst indicated the team would like to keep as many of their 2021 pending free agents as possible.
It’s not as if Za’Darius and Preston Smith needed any additional motivation but so-called “experts” continuing to snub them as an elite pass rushing duo should place a nice little chip on their shoulders.
We’ve gone from “will they get along?” to “just imagine the possibilities!” This is the first time Aaron Rodgers has had a “year two” in an offensive system as a starter so expecting things to click and the offense to start firing on all cylinders should be something to make fans excited.
The Vikings didn’t have Dalvin Cook when the Packers last visited US Bank stadium so if they can contain him, they can really get after Kirk Cousins.
OK, who had asexually reproducing pythons on their 2020 bingo card?!