The Green Bay Packers will need to make some cap savings in the offseason. Which three players could they move on from?
The past couple of offseasons have been challenging for the Green Bay Packers due to limited salary cap space.
Key starters like Davante Adams, Za’Darius Smith, Billy Turner, and Corey Linsley have all departed.
More moves could be on the way next spring. According to Over The Cap, Green Bay will only have $4.24 million in cap space entering 2023, the 10th-lowest amount in the league.
With the Packers sitting 4-8 with a top-10 pick a possibility, the team may opt to enter a rebuild, increasing the chances of moving on from veteran players on big contracts. Let’s look at three players they could move on from in 2023.
Note: All salary cap numbers in this article are according to Over The Cap.
Possible cap savings in 2023: $17.5 million
When he plays, David Bakhtiari is still one of the NFL’s best left tackles. According to ESPN, Bakhtiari ranks fourth among tackles in pass block win rate this season. It’s quite incredible considering Bakhtiari has been in and out of the lineup.
He has dealt with knee issues ever since suffering a significant injury almost two years ago. But when he plays, Bakhtiari is dominant.
However, the Packers could move on in the offseason. Bakhtiari turns 32 next season and is due a cap hit of $29.07 million.
Green Bay would create just under $6 million by releasing Bakhtiari before June 1. If they wait until after that date, they would spread the dead cap hit out and save $17.5 million in 2023.