Predicting Packers' next 3 moves after restructuring Rashan Gary's deal

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1. Release David Bakhtiari

Potential cap savings: $20.94 million

The Packers will make a decision on David Bakhtiari in the near future. He has the team's highest cap hit at $40.02 million. Having only played 13 games over the past three seasons, and with Rasheed Walker playing well as the starting left tackle, it's time to move on. According to ESPN's Rob Demovsky, the "indications" are that the Packers won't retain Bakhtiari this offseason.

"This is that time of year where we're looking at everything, and those decisions will come pretty soon," said Brian Gutekunst at the NFL Scouting Combine.

The Packers will save just under $21 million by moving on from the five-time All-Pro. They could release or trade him, although the former is the most likely scenario.

It's by far the biggest cap-saving move available to the Packers, and it will allow them to be active in free agency next month.

The Packers don't have to release Bakhtiari before the start of the new league year—the cap savings will be the same after March 13—but it sounds like they plan to.

Bakhtiari is still an outstanding left tackle when healthy and can help several teams needing better play along the offensive line. But with a $40 million cap hit, it's likely when, not if, the Packers move on.

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