Ranking the Green Bay Packers’ top needs this offseason.
The Green Bay Packers had another disappointing season and failed to make the playoffs for the first time in nearly a decade.
Here are the biggest needs for the team as they enter a long offseason.
5. Evaluate the right tackle position
Bryan Bulaga has been a solid right tackle since being drafted in the first round out of Iowa in 2010. Bulaga and David Bakhtiari, when healthy, make up arguably the best tackle tandem in the NFL. Bulaga however, has simply dealt with too many injuries over the years to be considered durable over a long enough period of time.
Bulaga has suffered three different season-ending injuries over his time in Green Bay, and as he enters his eighth year with the team, the Packers may be forced to look outside the building for their next long-term option at right tackle. Backup Justin McCray did what he could filling in for Bulaga and has earned himself at least a roster spot for next year’s team. The Packers likely won’t pursue the position in free agency, and should instead draft another insurance policy in the 2018 draft.
The Packers have been too thin along the offensive line throughout the last five seasons. Often without capable backups and having to shift players over to unfamiliar positions, they need to finally get deeper along the offensive line and give Bulaga a quality insurance policy.