Packers 2023 offseason position review: Offensive line
The Green Bay Packers dealt with various changes and injuries along the offensive line in 2022.
David Bakhtiari and Elgton Jenkins returned from long-term injuries, but the Packers had to adjust without veterans Billy Turner and Lucas Patrick.
Here’s our offensive line review, with a look ahead to the offseason.
2022 season review
Despite all of the injuries and reshuffling the Packers had to make along their offensive line, they still had a strong season.
When he played, David Bakhtiari was dominant. Elgton Jenkins struggled somewhat at right tackle, but a move back to left guard helped him get back to his best.
Green Bay only allowed 32 sacks, seventh-fewest in the NFL.
According to ESPN, the Packers ranked fifth in pass block win rate and eighth in run block win rate.
Bakhtiari ranked second among tackles in pass block win rate. Yosh Nijman ranked first among tackles in run block win rate, while Jenkins was eighth among guards.
What’s next in 2023?
There are some key questions for the Packers this offseason, mostly at tackle.
At right tackle, Yosh Nijman is a free agent. Will Green Bay bring him back? If not, who starts there next season? Could versatile Zach Tom replace Nijman in his second season?
David Bakhtiari is under contract, but his future is also uncertain. According to Over The Cap, Bakhtiari’s salary cap hit is $28.85 million in 2023.
The Packers could create $5.7 million in cap space by moving on this spring, but would still take on a dead cap hit of $23.13 million in 2023. If they waited until post-June 1, they would create $17.28 million in 2023 by spreading out the dead cap hits over two seasons.
But they would then need to find a replacement for a Hall-of-Fame left tackle — Bakhtiari is still one of the best pass-protectors in the NFL. Yeah, good luck with that.
The Packers’ offensive line was strong this season, but some difficult questions await in the coming months.