2. David Bakhtiari
David Bakhtiari has played one quarter of football since the end of 2020 as he continues to recover from a torn ACL.
Bakhtiari turns 31 in September and still has three years remaining on his contract. His cap hits will continue to rise between now and then.
In 2022, Bakhtiari’s cap hit is $13.42 million. It will rise to $29.07 million next year, and then a huge $32.97 million in 2024.
The good news for the Packers is that the salary cap will likely also increase, which will help. If Bakhtiari is fully healthy and back to his All-Pro best, his high cap hits will be well worth it for the Packers.
But that is far from a certainty as the five-time All-Pro returns from a significant injury.
If the Packers wanted to move on, it is possible following the end of the 2022 season. However, they would still have to pay $23.13 million in dead cap. If they move on in 2024, they will have to pay $11.57 million.
The hope is that Bakhtiari will get back to his best this season and can continue to play at a high level for many more years to come. If the team wants to move on from their star left tackle in the near future, it won’t be easy when it comes to the salary cap.