Packers: Five players they should re-sign in the near future
Another offensive lineman makes the list. Notice a theme here? The Packers have one of the best offensive lines in the NFL, and keeping it together should be a priority with Aaron Rodgers still playing at a high level and the Packers challenging for a championship.
Bakhtiari and Bulaga have received a lot of praise in recent years, and understandably so, but Corey Linsley often slips under the radar. He’s impressed since his NFL debut back in 2014, when he had to replace an injured JC Tretter at the last minute, as a rookie, in Seattle up against the league’s best defense. Linsley put in an impressive performance that evening and has been reliable in the middle of the offensive line ever since.
Linsley hasn’t missed a game since 2016, and he didn’t miss a single offensive snap in either the 2017 or 2018 seasons.
And Linsley is having yet another great season again. He is tied for first place in ESPN’s pass block win rate metric for centers. Coincidentally, he’s tied with former Packer JC Tretter, who Linsley replaced five years ago. Linsley’s pass block win rate is an incredible 98 percent.
Along with re-signing Bakhtiari, sorting out a new long-term deal for Linsley should also be one of the top priorities before he becomes a free agent in 2021.