2. David Bakhtiari, OT
2024 cap hit: Roughly $40.47 million (Dead cap: roughly $19.07 million)
David Bakhtiari has been one of the best Day 3 draft picks of the last decade, regardless of team or position. He was an outstanding find by the Green Bay Packers, and both the Packers and Bakhtiari deserve a ton of credit for his development into arguably the best left tackle in the game at one point in time.
Sadly, though, his time as a Packer has likely come to an end. Welcome to the Jets...?
Bakhtiari has an albatross of a cap charge next year of nearly $40.5 million. That's more than many of the highest-paid quarterbacks in the NFL, and there's no way that's going to fly with the Green Bay front office. The Packers can add $21.4 million in cap space by cutting Bakhtiari, and they don't have to designate him as a post-June 1 cut. They can cut him at any point after the season and get those salary cap savings, and that will free them up to make a bunch of moves in free agency if they so choose.
And while it would be sad to see Bakhtiari leave Green Bay and almost inevitably join the New York Jets, I think it would be best for Green Bay to start moving forward with a new plan. You can almost feel the writing on the wall of this team using a first-round pick in 2024 on the left tackle position, can't you?
Luckily for the Packers, they have three selections in the first two rounds of next year's draft that they can use on the tackle position, and it's expected to be a loaded offensive tackle class.