Packers: Eight players who might not be back in 2020 season

Green Bay Packers, Jimmy Graham (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
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Green Bay Packers, Bryan Bulaga
Green Bay Packers tackle Bryan Bulaga (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /

6. Bryan Bulaga

When healthy, Bryan Bulaga is an outstanding right tackle. It was obvious how much the Packers missed him when he left last week’s game against the San Francisco 49ers.

Based on how well he’s played this season, and throughout his career, Bulaga deserves a new contract. And considering how difficult it can be to find starting tackles, I think the Packers should do everything possible to bring him back next offseason.

But considering Bulaga’s age (he will turn 31 in March) and injury history, the Packers may decide to bring in a replacement in either free agency or the draft, or move Billy Turner to right tackle.

5. Josh Jackson

It’s easy to forget that Josh Jackson was a second-round draft choice just over a year ago. Many draft analysts predicted he’d go to Green Bay in the opening round. But Jackson can’t find a role in Mike Pettine’s defense. According to Pro Football Reference, Jackson has played on just 9.5 percent of the Packers’ defensive snaps this season. He’s played almost entirely on special teams, and currently has the fifth-most special teams snaps on the team.

The Packers may decide to move him to safety in the offseason or try to find a new role for him in the defense, but the fact he can’t get on the field isn’t encouraging.

There’s a reason why Jackson was a second-round pick, and he has the potential to be a very good player. Perhaps the Packers would be open to a trade.