Green Bay Packers tackle Bryan Bulaga (75). Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports
5. OFFENSIVE LINE
The Packers offensive line is having one of their best seasons since Aaron Rodgers has started under center in 2009. Josh Sitton and T.J. Lang anchor a solid group that continues to improve as the year progresses.
Green Bay Packers offensive tackle David Bakhtiari (69). Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
The biggest question mark going forward is the right tackle position. Bryan Bulaga is set to hit free agency after this season, and there haven’t been any reported contract negotations at this point.
Bulaga has had a pretty extensive injury history in his young career but has been an adequate starter on the right side in his five-year career. Starting-caliber tackles warrant a decent amount of money on the free agent market–at least significantly more than Bulaga’s current $2.5 million base salary.
The former first-round pick just may be too expensive to re-sign, especially if Green Bay is already going to dish out major contracts to Cobb and most likely Daniels and Bakhtiari next season.
Green Bay will get Don Barclay back next year, who has spent this season on IR; however, this means the Packers offensive line depth looks severely thin going forward.
The Packers will most likely take an offensive linemen or two in the draft, and they may even have to look for a starting right tackle in the first few rounds.
Prospects to watch in CFB Bowl games:
Cedric Ogbuehi (Texas A&M) in Liberty Bowl on Dec. 29th
Andrus Peat (Stanford) in Foster Farms Bowl on Dec. 30th
Ronnie Stanley (Notre Dame) in Music City Bowl on Dec. 30th
Brandon Scherff (Iowa) in Taxslayer Bowl on Jan. 2nd