Green Bay Packers holding breath over Bryan Bulaga
Dec 21, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Green Bay Packers tackle Bryan Bulaga (75) reacts against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Green Bay Packers defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20-3. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Well, the time for speculation is almost over. The free agency period is set to begin and the Green Bay Packers have some important players set to hit the market. Top of the list: Bryan Bulaga.
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Bulaga had the best season of his career in 2014, starting 15 regular season games at right tackle. He was apart of the most successful offensive line in the Aaron Rodgers era–they gave up just 28 sacks, the lowest of Rodgers’ career as a starter, according to NFL Stats.
It all is dependant on whether general manager Ted Thompson is willing to meet Bulaga’s demands. On March 8, Tom Silverstein of JSOnline.com wrote:
"“At the same time the Packers nailed down a deal with Cobb, they were facing the prospect of losing their No. 2 priority in free agency, right tackle Bryan Bulaga. Two NFL sources familiar with the offensive tackle market said they had been told Bulaga was seeking a contract worth between $7 million and $8 million per year.”"
If Bulaga is offered a contract elsewhere of $7 million per year or more, it seems unlikely that Thompson will pay up. Guards Josh Sitton and T.J. Lang earn $6.75 million and $5.20 million a year respectively, according to Over The Cap.
It’s entirely possible that Thompson has a valuation in mind and is allowing Bulaga to test the market. That’s a risky move, however, as once he hits free agency it’s fair game and every team has an equal opportunity to lure his signature.
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