- T Bryan Bulaga
- ILB Blake Martinez
- ILB B.J. Goodson
- CB Tramon Williams
- WR Geronimo Allison
- OLB Kyler Fackrell
- FB Danny Vitale
- OT Jason Spriggs
The big loss was right tackle Bryan Bulaga, who signed a three-year deal with the Los Angeles Chargers averaging $10 million a year. I can understand the Packers’ decision not to bring Bulaga back and, looking back, they made the right call.
There’s no doubt that Bulaga is one of the most talented right tackles in football. But his injury history was a concern. He’s missed five games this season for the Chargers. Bulaga has been as impressive as ever when playing. He leads all tackles in ESPN’s run block win rate metric.
But with Bulaga’s salary cap hits and the excellent play of the Packers’ offensive line even without him, the team made the right call.
Blake Martinez made a lot of tackles for the Packers but for many reasons, it was time to move on. He’s having a strong season with the New York Giants. Perhaps a change of scheme is just what he needed. Could Mike Pettine have got more out of Martinez? It’s possible. But the Giants paid a lot of money to get Martinez.
Outside of Bulaga and Martinez, none of the other free agents who signed elsewhere have made a big impact for their new teams. Danny Vitale and Geronimo Allison both opted out of the season.
The Packers got their decisions right when it comes to who they didn’t re-sign.