4. Add offensive line depth
There are two key reasons why the Packers need to be in the market for offensive linemen this offseason. The first is a depth issue. After all five starters along the line dealt with injuries in 2015, a glaring lack of depth was exposed.
Don Barclay filled in at left tackle and almost got his quarterback killed, and the likes of Josh Walker and Lane Taylor didn’t provide adequate cover. The only backup who played well enough was JC Tretter, who spent some time and center and left tackle in relief of Corey Linsley and David Bakhtiari.
The second reason is due to the contracts of the current linemen. Bakhtiari, T.J. Lang, Josh Sitton (all starters) and Tretter are set to hit free agency after the 2016 season, and the Packers could find themselves in a ton of trouble if they don’t have replacements ready. Bakhtiari will likely return, and one of the remaining three can be expected back too.
But it’s highly unlikely all four come back to Green Bay, which means the Packers need to be prepared ahead of time and ensure the face of the franchise is protected.
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