If the Green Bay Packers end up trading David Bakhtiari, which potential landing spots would make the most sense?
Five-time All-Pro left tackle David Bakhtiari proved he is still an outstanding pass-protector last season. Even after missing so much time due to injury, Bakhtiari stepped back into the Green Bay Packers' lineup and dominated.
However, the 2023 season could be Bakhtiari's last in Green Bay. According to Over The Cap, Bakhtiari's cap hit skyrockets to $40.58 million next year. If the Packers want to get the deal off their books, trading Bakhtiari could be a solution.
It's important to note that any deal almost certainly can't happen before June 1. Green Bay would lose significant cap space before then. After that date is where it could get interesting.
So, let's look into the crystal ball. It's November, the Packers aren't in Super Bowl contention, and other teams need a tackle. Where could make sense for Bakhtiari in a trade?
3. Packers could trade David Bakhtiari to Patriots
How about the chance to play for Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots?
The Patriots dominated the AFC East for years with Tom Brady, winning the division 17 times in 19 years. The tables have turned, and New England is now likely the worst team in a division filled with playoff contenders.
One thing New England still needs is help at tackle.
"For at least two offseasons the team has required an infusion of talent at tackle. They failed either to add a top tackle in free agency or even to draft one offensive tackle," wrote Michael DeVito of Chowder and Champions.
An option for New England after June 1 would be Bakhtiari.