The Green Bay Packers finally assembled a stable, high-performing offensive line in 2014. On Tuesday, they learned that the unit will remain intact for the foreseeable future.
According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, the Packers have reached an agreement with right tackle Bryan Bulaga on a new contract that will keep him in Green Bay for the next five years. The deal is reportedly worth $33.75 million in total, or $6.75 million annually. In the context of the contracts signed by lesser players like Jermey Parnell (five years, $32 million), the Packers got quite a bargain on Bulaga.
Bulaga joined the Packers in 2010 as a first-round draft pick out of Iowa. In Week 5, he replaced an injured Mark Tauscher at right tackle, a position he held for the remainder of the year. Bulaga went on to become the youngest player to start a Super Bowl in NFL history later that season. Now entrenched, Bulaga developed into one of the league's best right tackles.
However, a fractured hip suffered during the 2012 season and an ACL tear the following offseason cost Bulaga the better part of two years. He returned in 2014 and promptly absorbed a hit to the knee during season opener. Fortunately for the Packers and Bulaga, the tackle missed only one start. Bulaga rallied to put together one of his finest campaigns, working with David Bakhtiari, Josh Sitton, Corey Linsley and T.J. Lang to form one of the league's best offensive lines.
With Bulaga's new deal, the Packers have all their preferred starters along the line signed through the 2016 season.