Jan 18, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Green Bay Packers tackle Bryan Bulaga (75) defends against Seattle Seahawks defensive endCliff Avril
(56) in the NFC Championship at CenturyLink Field. The Seahawks defeated the Packers 28-22 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Bryan Bulaga: Resign
If r-esigning Randall Cobb is the number-one priority for the Packers, then re-signing right tackle Bryan Bulaga has to be a close second.
Bulaga has had injury problems in the past, but remained relatively healthy in 2014, starting 15 regular season games. He missed the entire 2013 season with a torn ACL, but bounced back in a big way in 2014.
Last season, he was apart of the best offensive line in the Aaron Rodgers era.
The unit allowed 28 sacks on the quarterback in 2014, which is significantly lower than previous years. They only allowed 21 in 2013, but Rodgers missed eight games with a collarbone injury. They allowed 51 sacks in 2012, 36 in 2011 and 31 in 2010.
To designate the franchise tag on Bulaga would cost the Packers roughly $12.93 million for the year. That is a lot of money to pay when the likes of Aaron Rodgers, Clay Matthews, Jordy Nelson and Sam Shields are already on expensive contracts.
In all likelihood, the Packers will need to sign Bulaga to a long-term deal and spread the money out over the length of the contract. They could even look to push more of the money on to future years to save money on the 2015 cap, but that can damage the health of the salary cap in future years – a move Thompson often avoids.
For the Green Bay Packers’ offense to roll like it did in 2014 next season, they will need as many core pieces of the team to remain in Green Bay as possible. The top priorities have to be re-signing Cobb and Bulaga.
But you can’t bring back everybody, and if these two return, something has to give …
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