Packers: 5 biggest needs after first wave of free agency

CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 12: Davon House
CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 12: Davon House /
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GREEN BAY, WI – AUGUST 22: Justin Tuck
GREEN BAY, WI – AUGUST 22: Justin Tuck /

4. Tackle

Ensuring Aaron Rodgers is well protected has to be one of the top priorities for Gutekunst each year. The left side of the offensive line is in good shape. Two-time All-Pro David Bakhtiari continues to play at an elite level, and Lane Taylor has done a fine job at guard.

The right tackle spot arguably faces the most uncertainty. When healthy, Bryan Bulaga has been reliable, consistent and able to play on an island. But injuries have continued to pile up throughout his career, and now Bulaga is coming off the second ACL tear of his career.

If Bulaga isn’t ready to go in Week 1 or gets hurt again, who will step up? Jason Spriggs hasn’t played well enough to earn the job.

The Packers need to find a future starter at right tackle, probably in the draft. Even if Bulaga is healthy for the start of the season, age is a factor. He turns 29 on March 21, and his long injury history is concerning.

Considering how frequent injuries occur along the offensive line, it’s also important to ensure there is adequate depth behind the starters. That, too, is a cause for concern as things stand, but the Packers have more than enough picks to add an offensive lineman or two. Urgency: Moderate