David Bakhtiari will be entering a contract year in 2020, and that’s when things will become a little concerning for the Packers. Bakhtiari hasn’t been quite at best all season, but he’s still been one of the best tackles in all of football. He is irreplaceable and worth whatever contract he wants.
Penalties have been an issue at times this season for Bakhtiari, but he’s still up there with the best when it comes to pass protection. According to ESPN’s pass block win rate metric, Bakhtiari ranks second among tackles in the NFL at 95 percent. Bakhtiari has been an All-Pro three straight seasons, and with a strong finish to 2019, he could make it four in a row.
When Gutekunst is looking ahead to who he wants to re-sign in the next couple of years, Bakhtiari should be the top priority and a new deal should be offered sooner rather than later. Bakhtiari’s value is only going to rise the closer his current contract comes to expiring, and I can think of 31 other teams who would love to have him on their roster.
With little over a year remaining on his contract, the Packers need to work out a new deal with Bakhtiari.