Gutey & Russ Ball Have Their Work Cut Out for Them in 2021

The Green Bay Packers have five high-profile free agents in 2021, and their early performances are making some already difficult decisions even tougher on Brian Gutekunst and Russ Ball.

All the way back in the spring, long before the 2020 season had begun, before the draft had even taken place, and just as the free agency period was set to open, there were already plenty of eyes on the Green Bay Packers' 2021 offseason. While fans will often look at who their favorite team can add in free agency, in the Packers case, the big question is, who can they keep?

Green Bay's 2021 free agency class included Kenny Clark, however as we are all aware, he has received his contract extension already, leaving David Bakhtiari, Aaron Jones, Kevin King, Corey Linsley, and Jamaal Williams. All very important players.

With limited cap space this past offseason, instead of going on a spending spree, the Packers had to go bargain hunting in free agency, and even under normal circumstances next offseason, they once again weren't going to have much spendable cap space. In fact, 2021 was shaping up to look very similar to 2020 in terms of Green Bay's free agency endeavors.

However, as bleak as that sounds, it gets worse. With lost revenue in 2020 from not having fans in attendance, the Packers already limited cap space for 2021 is likely going to be even less than what we had originally expected even just a few months ago.

Over the summer, the NFL and NFLPA agreed to a salary cap floor in 2021 of $175 million to help compensate for that lost revenue this season. For some context, the salary cap this season is $198.2 million and would have increased if under normal circumstances as it had in previous years. 

Now, hopefully, we don't see the cap fall to that $175 million mark, but odds are it's going to decrease from where it is at this season. Over at Spotrac, they have the 2021 salary cap at just over $183 million, and if that happens to be the case, that leaves the Packers with only $5.12 million in available cap space.

Although there are still many variables involved and we don't know what the exact cap figure will be, and there are, of course, ways to create cap space through cuts and contract restructures, you get my point. The Packers aren't going to have much money to work with next offseason. 

In a perfect world, while we would all love to see Bakhtiari, Jones, King, Linsley, and Williams back, that's also not realistic. The reality is, with or without a reduced salary cap, Green Bay isn't bringing back all of these players, perhaps two of them, but certainly not all five.

So as you can imagine, GM Brian Gutekunst and Director of Football Operations Russ Ball have their work cut out for them. And it's not like these pending free agents are making it easy either; all five are off to fantastic starts through the first two weeks of the season. 

Baktiari is, of course, the best left tackle in the game and has only allowed one pressure this season. Meanwhile, Corey Linsley has yet to allow a pressure and has been creating huge holes for the running backs to navigate through.

Speaking of running backs, Jones is coming off a 236-yard performance against Detroit, while a more explosive Williams is averaging 5.6 yards per carry. And we can't forget about King, who has been providing help in the run game, was glued to Tajae Sharpe on a key fourth-down play against Minnesota, and he wasn't even targeted last Sunday against Detroit.

As I said already, we'd love to see all of them back, but that, unfortunately, isn't going to happen. So who do the Packers choose?

Well, for me anyway, Bakhtiari is still priority No. 1. He plays the most important position of these players, and he's the best in the NFL at it at only 28-years-old. After that, though, things get dicey.

As far as Jones goes, many will point out that teams shouldn't pay top dollar for running backs, but he's more than just a running back, making plays as a pass-catcher on a regular basis as well. Not to mention that this offense looks completely different when he's on the field.

In 2019, when Jones was in the game, the Packers ranked third behind only Baltimore and Kansas City in expected points per play (EPA). But when he was on the sidelines, Green Bay ranked 29th. Despite analytics and recent history saying that paying a running back top dollar isn't the fiscally responsible move to be making, Jones has a strong argument in his favor. 

When it comes to Williams, I tend to believe that whatever happens to Jones, the opposite happens to him. 

Then there is Linsley, who has been extremely durable over his career, and he has great chemistry with Aaron Rodgers. Over the summer, he has been the forgotten about player from this group of free agents, but he continues to be one of the better centers in football. With other options already on the roster in Lucas Patrick and Jake Hanson, Linsley could be expendable, but it's a move that would be weakening a stout offensive line. 

Lastly is King, who of this group plays the second most important position, which certainly adds value to his case to be re-signed. He put together a solid 2019 season, leading the team in interceptions, but there are still questions to be answered, such as, can he continue to stay healthy? And will we see him take another step forward? Unfortunately for the Packers, if King is able to put together a similar season to last, there is a good chance he may end up being out of their price range come free agency. 

Whew! A lot to digest there, and this is only scratching the surface. 

These are certainly difficult decisions to make, but this is also a good problem to have as it means the Packers have drafted well. On top of that, Green Bay's salary cap situation has been managed beautifully under Ball, so there's no reason not to have the utmost confidence in him and Gutey.

Yet with that said, this offseason is going to require some serious financial gymnastics, and these upcoming free agents aren't making these already tough decisions any easier with their performances.

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Born and raised in Green Bay, WI and I still call it home. After my family, watching the Packers, sharing my opinions on the team through my writing and interacting with other fans is my greatest passion. You can find me on Twitter at @Paul_Bretl. 
 

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mnbadger's picture

September 25, 2020 at 12:21 pm

Right now I want to enjoy the ups and downs of the 2020 season fully. This is too much like talking about the next election the day after inauguration. AAAAHHHH!!!!
GPG

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ShooterMcGee's picture

September 25, 2020 at 03:29 pm

I agree let us worry about our free agents next year. Enjoy the moment. I watched a live interview of Gutenkunst and cringed every time a reporter called him Gutey. Can we resolve to call him by his proper name, unless he is our bestie.

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Leatherhead's picture

September 25, 2020 at 07:48 pm

I think it’s better to enjoy this season. Some won’t be back but they’re here for this season, and it could be a really good season. We can talk about off season stuff in the off season.

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murf7777's picture

September 26, 2020 at 09:55 am

Great analogy.

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fansince1959's picture

September 25, 2020 at 12:21 pm

It's painfully honest to have 2 back to back Hall of Fame Qb's who hog all the money, and not be able to win more super bowls----Brady got it but he also has Giselle's money----Cousins is a perfect example in Minnesota---really, how many $millions is enough?

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Jonathan Spader's picture

September 26, 2020 at 08:23 am

Rodgers is earing his paycheck in 2020 and when you play the most important position in all of sports you get paid. As for the "how many millions is enough"? Ask the 1% the owners have more $$$ than the nfl players combined.

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Tarynfor12's picture

September 25, 2020 at 02:57 pm

Many don't understand the difference between deserved and undeserved, especially with QBs. Some teams pay big money to average QBs out of necessity, though often not due to injury but irresponsibility and poor FO personnel.

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jurp's picture

September 25, 2020 at 05:00 pm

See Vikings, Minnesota for an excellent example.

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flackcatcher's picture

September 25, 2020 at 05:31 pm

Very, very true.

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Minniman's picture

September 25, 2020 at 04:00 pm

Jonathan, I don’t disagree that the QB is the most important position in professional sports but I think that the QB remuneration argument is true when a QB is under 33.

After that there’s a protection price that needs to be paid for them - and that needs to be borne by the team and player - at least if a team truthfully wants to consider themselves contenders.

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jannes bjornson's picture

September 25, 2020 at 06:31 pm

How much money comes in due to merchandising their name? Then the post-retirement compensation for drawing fans into Club and alumni events. The packer reserve fund is substantial.

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Minniman's picture

September 25, 2020 at 07:19 pm

A fantastic point and one that I made re CM3, team salary is but one part of a players yearly revenue.

All this said, and a quick scan of the QB salaries on Sportrac and OTC and neither Drew Brees or Tom Brady are leaving any money on the table (I was actually shocked to see Brees' 2020&2021 numbers - $25M each year).

Whilst I was there I looked at general team cap space and next year is going to be a GREAT year for a team to have cap space!

According to Sportrac, 6 teams - Jacksonville, NE, NYJ, Indy, WAS and Baltimore all have over $40M in space........Baltimore might just build a dynastic team for the next couple of years.

On the other side of that coin, 9 TEAMS are over the cap and will actually need to jettison players !!! - in order of LEAST over to MOST- Raiders, Vikes, Texans, Kansas, LAR, Steelers, Atlanta, Philly and the Saints (saints $81M over!!!). Safe to say that there are going to be some great players cut or traded.

There's going to be some GREAT players on the trade block at the end of this year to compete with the already listed free agents. It's also looking like another promising QB draft class for 2021............. much to consider for teams, I'll be surprised if there are large contracts handed out with so much talent on the market.

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baldski's picture

September 25, 2020 at 08:32 pm

You are so right Spader. Ask these owners about how much they are overpaid in corporate welfare = taxpayer built stadiums.

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PeteK's picture

September 25, 2020 at 12:30 pm

Linsley, Williams, Turner, Adams are gone (24 mill tot cap).

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CoachDino's picture

September 25, 2020 at 12:48 pm

Turner is the only one under contract for 2021 and cutting him saves you 3.5Mil (still 4.5 against the cap) Williams and adams aren't paid much and will be replaced by draft picks as far as salary value. Not resigning Linsley would save 7 mil or so using his market value. That's 10mil Tops!! I agree with you, it just sucks there is such little savings.
Clarks new contract, ARods 12mil cap increase and a decreased Cap limit leaves next to nothing to sign guys. It's bleak. Check out sportstrac its a simple tool and displays (in general) the situation. plus you can cut and sign guys to see what works...

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CoachDino's picture

September 25, 2020 at 12:48 pm

Turner is the only one under contract for 2021 and cutting him saves you 3.5Mil (still 4.5 against the cap) Williams and adams aren't paid much and will be replaced by draft picks as far as salary value. Not resigning Linsley would save 7 mil or so using his market value. That's 10mil Tops!! I agree with you, it just sucks there is such little savings.
Clarks new contract, ARods 12mil cap increase and a decreased Cap limit leaves next to nothing to sign guys. It's bleak. Check out sportstrac its a simple tool and displays (in general) the situation. plus you can cut and sign guys to see what works...

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Guam's picture

September 25, 2020 at 01:51 pm

Linsley really has no "savings" since his contract is up at the end of this year whereas Turner provides real savings of $3.5 million since he is under contract for next year.

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Leatherhead's picture

September 25, 2020 at 07:58 pm

Yeah, but how many holes do you want to create in a top offense?

I don’t see us mortgaging the future. We want to put a good team on the field during Rodgers final years and we want his replacement to have a good team around him

I don’t see BakhtIati, Linsley, or Jones returning. We just don’t have the money.

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September 25, 2020 at 10:25 pm

I agree about Bahktiari and Linsley, not sure about Jones. The RB free agent market is going to be saturated even with a couple of the headliners (Kamara, etc.) signed. I think Jones may have to be realistic about what is available in a down year money wise for every club and in a market where there will be lots of supply. The Packers might be able to get him for somewhat less than expected.

May also be wishful thinking on my part too.

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CoachDino's picture

September 25, 2020 at 12:36 pm

Thanks Paul - I've been posting about this for a while now. It's one of the reasons I don't think the article yesterday was out of hand, Jenkins might just be an option at LT. Heck if you can save 20Mil on his contracts you might then be able to sign king, Cory and Jones. Not saying that's what they should do just saying all options need to be reviewed.

Great point on A Jones. Myself, Ive been saying he's gone since last year and should be. He deserves the money and the theory out there, which holds water, is not to pay Rbs. But to your point he is more than just a standard RD. He plays 2 positions. I'm reevaluating my position on it. (I know, who cares...lol)

The other issue I see, there really isn't a list of guys to cut to save cap space. Lowey, Kirksey, Turner save you a few bucks but do you need to pay to replace them? do you have an adequate replacement? I could see preston being a cap casualty depending on Gary and the dead cap hit.

Can Yosh play one of the Tackles? How much of a drop off is it from Corey to Patrick?

What sucks is no matter what you do its not making the team better. Its about how to take the least damage while making the salary cap threshold, while not throwing away your future by crazy back end salary decisions.
Not to mention Arodgers 10Mil raise next year.

This is where it hurts when you can't count on Jackson, Burks, Addam, heck Spriggs for that manner.

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PackEyedOptimist's picture

September 25, 2020 at 01:20 pm

As several have pointed out, the real question in these Salary Cap Times is "How good is the backup player for each of these guys?" Obviously, the backup should not be as good NOW, that's why they are not starting, but some may have the potential to be as good... I love A Jones, but MAYBE Dillon will be his equal. Maybe Jenkins can't be as good as Bakhtiari--but maybe he CAN... Patrick is pretty good, maybe almost as good as Linsley, and with Hanson getting a year to gain strength, maybe the drop-off is minimal. The player who might be the hardest to replace with a current guy on the roster, ends up being King, in my opinion. Sullivan is the third starter, and though there is some decent potential in the backup CBs, I see a huge drop-off there.

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September 25, 2020 at 08:06 pm

That’s kind of my thought on King. A young, shutdown corner is a better choice than an old offensive lineman.

If Jones has another great year.......he’s been a tremendous bargain. A day 3 rookie contract for a helluva lot of production........Nobody stays as a top back for very many years, unless they’re legendary.

The smart money would bet on Jones being finished by 30. If he were a stock in my portfolio, I’d sell him at the end of this season and enjoy the profit.

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September 25, 2020 at 01:30 pm

Team can’t keep both Jones and Williams. Since Dillon has some of what Williams brings, I’d be real surprised if next season it’s not Jones and Dillon. If King has another solid season like 2019, then he should be resigned. Now this is a risk, but I’d favor keeping Linsley and moving on from Baktiari only because we need the dough saved to sign the three player noted. Team should get at least a 3rd round pick for letting Baktiari walk. Jenkins becomes our LT for foreseeable future. Rodgers will probably be gone in couple years then they lock up Jenkins long term. I have little doubt he will become a solid LT.

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September 26, 2020 at 12:47 pm

If Bahktiari leaves in FA the ABSOLUTE most you get is a end of 3rd rd compensatory pick. That is the absolute most. So in essense your letting a 4 time All Pro LT, whose in his prime years, leave for a pick at about #100 overall. That is a poor return no matter how you cut it.

The Packers are smart, they are going to approach this similarly to the draft. You need quality players at the premium positions (QB, LT, CB Pass Rusher). So just like the draft, where you try to use 1st rd picks to keep those positions stocked, you also prioritize them for FA purposes.

Bahktiari is going to be a bitter pill to swallow, but he's a must sign IMO. Jenkins is a great OG/C but there is a reason he wasn't playing OT in college. Leave him at LG.

Next priority is CB of the FA available. King is a quality starter and similarly to A. Jones, seems to have gotten past his injury issues if he stays healthy.

After those 2 there really aren't a good replacemet option either. Sullivan is a good slot CB, but I think he would flounder outside. Jackson has proven to be a bust already. As I suggested when drafted he needs to be in a zone scheme, not Pettine's preferred man scheme.

Moving down the list, we can easily eliminate J. Williams. No way you consider bring him back unless you lose Jones, but even then he's too much like Dillon and not as good.

Love to get Jones back, but it has to be at the Packers number. That should be a shade over what Eckler got (4 yrs 24M). If he wants anything approaching 9 or 10M per, he's gone. RB just don't have the value, and spare me the he's not just a RB garbage. He's a RB and like almost every RB in todays game he MUST be a good receiver as well.

Linsley is a quality Center, and deserves Top 5 money at the position. No way the Packers can afford that and there are a couple interior OL that might be viable replacements.

Still don't see how the Packers can afford them, but in this situation due to Covid, the Packers should adopt the Saints strategy for a year or 2 and push money into future years by restructuring Rodgers and Adams. That can keep them competive and SB contenders as long as Rodgers is at the top of his game (which he is and will be till about 39 or 40 yrs old).

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MarkinMadison's picture

September 25, 2020 at 01:33 pm

As good as Alexander is, part of what makes that tandem work is having a taller corner back there to help with matchups. I know everyone has been frustrated with King's injury history, but the idea of him going somewhere else and blossoming just makes me sick. We've seen too many Packers' DBs struggle on their rookie contracts and then watched as some other team reaped the benefits of a developed player. To me, the position is too important. You need to find a way to keep King.

Bakh has at least another 4 good years left in the tank. I'd like to see him stay but I think it is a bit doubtful given the cap situation. Maybe #12 thinks it is worth it to his own longevity to restructure to keep Bakh around. Maybe the Packers think Yosh or somebody else will be ready by next year.

No way Linsley is back. Last year I figured Jenkins would eventually replace him. Having two other guys on the roster who can play center this year tells me no, but it also tells me the Packers are ready to move on without Linsley.

AJ Dillion should be able to replace Williams easily next year. He also averaged 15 yards per reception in his final year at BC. He will never be Jones but that leads into my next point: no one is irreplaceable. There are a boatload of running backs looking for new contracts next year. The Packers will probably have to go bargain hunting to replace Jones. It may not be a bad year to do it. Given the cap situation I think tagging Jones is unrealistic.

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jannes bjornson's picture

September 25, 2020 at 03:57 pm

P.Smith may be a trade out. Lindsley walks with Turner. Tough call on A Jones but he stays along with Bhaktiari.
Push the cash down the road to 2022. Probably be a trade-off for Jones with King going for his cash. Draft a CB with the first pick. Try to trade up into Surtain territory.

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September 25, 2020 at 09:00 pm

Surtain? Like top-5 pick Surtain? Not likely unless Rodger and Jones both break their legs against the Saints.

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jannes bjornson's picture

September 26, 2020 at 03:37 am

He is up the boards into top ten, no doubt. Asante Samuel from FSU may be in their draft range?

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Grandfathered's picture

September 25, 2020 at 09:02 pm

I agree on the need for Kevin King. But for every Hyde and Hayward who have thrived after release, there's a Randall and Clinton Dix sitting around.

Listening to Packer radio, it sounds like Linsley is kicking it this year in run blocking.

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September 26, 2020 at 12:55 pm

The Packers don't really play match up w/ the CB vs WR. King plays his side and Alexander plays his side. At times the Packers have put Alexander on another teams best WR or pure speed WR, with mixed results I would point out. Otherwise they don't really use King vs taller WR and Alexander vs smaller. Alexander is CB1 so he plays the side that most WR1 line up at, which is the Left CB spot of the defense.

The combination of Alexander and King has turned into a very high quality CB duo, that much is true. And trying to keep King should be close to the highest priority considering he plays a premium position, is young and possibly ascending. I'm not buying all the talk about Jackson, he's already proven he's a bust and should only be in a zone exclusive scheme.

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Lare's picture

September 25, 2020 at 01:38 pm

A big variable in all this is injuries. There's (at least) 14 more games to play this season. Hate to say it, but an injury to any of the free-agents-to-be may dictate their worth come contract time. I'm sure they also keep potential comp picks in mind.

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September 25, 2020 at 02:02 pm

The Packers aren't the only team that will be facing some difficult choices. However, there are ways out of the mess, but it would require the Packers to dramatically alter their way of financing the team. If they were willing to move some costs into future years via working with changing the way contracts pay players- and designing the new contracts so they'd be paying more in the future, and reworking some contracts (especially converting some money for Rodgers and extending Adams to reduce salaries now, with the hits coming later) is a consideration. OF course, this is not something you want to do every year, because that could lead to the problems the Vikings and Saints will be facing-

https://www.spotrac.com/nfl/cap/2021/

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September 26, 2020 at 01:12 pm

That's what I mentioned in another comment on this article. This would seem to be the time given the circumstances, that the Packers could and possibly should consider diverging from the pay as you go model. The need to stay competitive and a SB contender for at least the next 2 or 3 yrs. There is going to be a temporary regression when they transition to Love at QB (Rodgers 1st yr as a starter they were 6-10). So if that is as likely as it seems, tho not a given, the idea should be to maximize Rodgers last 2 or 3 yrs in GB to keep them SB contenders. And given the situation w/ Covid and the likely cap restraints a break from the norm would temporarily seem to be the logical if not prudent choice.

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September 25, 2020 at 02:10 pm

Article in the local paper this morning quoted Bahk as saying there had been no progress for some time on his contract and that he and the Packers were about $4 million per year apart based on their last discussion a couple of months ago. Bahk wants to be paid like the elite tackle he is (no home town discounts) and seemed to be willing to move on. While Bahk discussed no numbers it is well known Tunsil signed for $22 million a year and it is unlikely Bahk will sign for much less. I have commented before that third contract O-linemen often don't finish their contracts due to injury or declining performance and Bahk's contract could leave the Packers with a big chunk of dead money if he fails to finish a new contract.

That is a big contract in a year where money is very tight and there are several other potential free agents who are important to the team to consider. The media has opined that Jones and King may be in the $10 million each range and Linsley slightly lower.

You could sign both Jones and King for the money Bahk would cost. I would rather see the Packers resign two younger (second contract) players than one older (third contract) player. Tough to lose an all pro left OT, but his is a risky contract given the potential dead money as well as giving up a likely third round compensatory . As Gute says, it is a young man's game........

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September 26, 2020 at 01:21 pm

No progress but that indicates they are negotiating. I would expect the same is true of Jones. They've been negotiating for months, maybe as much as a year, but he's still unsigned to an extension. That's not really even noteworthy.

OT are the outlier in many situations when it comes to 3rd contracts. Both Clifton and Tauscher played at a very high level into the low and approaching mid 30's. Bahktiari entered the NFL really young and is a least a year possibly 2 yrs behind the curve of OT coming to the 3rd contract. OT generally play very well till 32 or 33 and many times past that. Its definitely a different situation for Bahktiari.

Houston really screwed it over by giving Tunsil 22M per, but then they aren't exactly known for making smart moves (see giving Hopkins away for next to nothing). Tunsil is also about 5 yrs younger than Bahktiari.

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September 25, 2020 at 02:22 pm

Cap is reduced due to covid. Bahk is gone. Jenkins LT /LG/C , Ronyan RG/LT/ LG. Linsley- Bet Linsley is resigned first. Remember Trotter Leaving? I don't see the packers putting two Rookies next to each other. And Guards are the easy draft pick. Turner =Traded/ RG/RT. Wagner RT! Next Jones won't be resigned. Williams will be if Jones goes. King- leaving and following Hayward. Adams- Comp pick.

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September 25, 2020 at 04:13 pm

The Packers can reduce their salary by $26 million by not signing Bakhtiari and Linsley. They can add an additional $4 million by cutting Billy Turner. If Jenkins can play LT, they can go with:

Jenkins-LT
Patrick- LG
Hanson-C
Runyan-RG
Wagner-RT

That would save $30 million right there. Re-structure some contracts and they should be able to re-sign Adams & King.

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September 25, 2020 at 10:15 pm

When the author quoted Sportrac about the $5.1 million available to the Packers in 2021, that was already with Bahk's and Linsley's contracts not included. Sportrac only counts players under contract for 2021 and does not include free agents. So no $26 million in salary reductions.

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Stroh's picture

September 26, 2020 at 01:22 pm

They wouldn't be rookies next year! So that shoots that point out of the water before it even begins.

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September 25, 2020 at 02:40 pm

This is too much like talking

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September 25, 2020 at 03:53 pm

ASk Rodgers and Favre if they would rather have a few more million or several more super bowl victories and for a chance to be the GOAT

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September 25, 2020 at 06:34 pm

We all know how this plays out. Gute pretty much laid this out at his end of year presser last year. Clarke or Bahk. Buluga gone and King a high priority depending on of his state of play. Packers rarely sign players to third contracts, age and injury usually make them a bad bet. There are expectations. Packers value the OT and CB and QB and certain players in the past. (Jordy Nelson) But the Cap space that Gute has manage to create in the past does not exist today. Even without Convid-19 virus ruining the season, Cap Man was all set on dancing on the Packers financial head next year. Even if the NFL and NFLPA cut a deal to grant further Cap relief, the effect on the Packers will be marginal at best. Combo of free agency and players in third year is a deadly mix for this team. Or course, there is the flip side. A lot of players will be extremely disappointed when the reality that Cap Man plays for no team hits them too. (Looking at you Bahk) Lane Taylor's one year contract, (signed before his injury) is a good example of the coming lower contracts that most players in the league will face. So, in the face of this grim reality do what any true Packer fans does, power sweep past the fear. Enjoy the season, cheer our team on to Superbowl victory. There will be more than enough time to scream about player Cap loses during the off season...

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September 26, 2020 at 01:30 pm

The 2 positions you do use 3rd contracts for is QB and LT. QB is so protected they now play to 40. And OT without major injury history (such as Bahktiari) can easily play at Pro bowl (or even All Pro) levels into the low/mid 30's.

Positions that have alot of collisions and absorb punishment or positions that require high level athleticism are the positions you don't give 3rd contracts to. So Pass rushers, CB and WR which require high athleticism and RB, LB and interior DL/OL take alot of punishment/collisions.

Its not soo cut and dried as you make it.

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September 26, 2020 at 06:22 pm

Of course, it isn't. But Cap numbers require tough decisions which ends up being pretty messy. GM Gute faces hard choices, and those hard choices will leave gaps in the Packer roster. Packers do not have enough money to cover the loses, and replacement by free agency and draft is always a roll playing Vegas odds. It is what it is. No use pretending otherwise.

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GatorJason's picture

September 30, 2020 at 12:11 am

Decisions, decisions:

$18M slot - Bakhtiari or Clarke
K. Clarke signed
E. Jenkins moves to LT

$14M slot - Jones vs King
K. King signs
J. Williams also signs $4M/yr
GBPs draft RB in 2nd

$10M slot - Linsley vs no one
C. Linsley not re-signed in 2021
L. Patrick or J. Hanson at C
$ used to sign or extend others

When Packers have more talent than money, good players are let go. When their draft picks fail to develop, they are forced to pay top dollar in the free agent market. Salary caps and the free agent meat market are what keep the NFL team talent levels comparable. Teams can't stock up like Yankees and Dodgers can in MLB where there is no salary cap. Culture, character and coaching (and a great QB) will enable the Packers to keep winning in spite of the unavoidable roster churn that may unfortunately include fan favorite players.

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murf7777's picture

September 26, 2020 at 10:03 am

Gator, I think your right on. Of course that doesn’t mean much...lol

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ron7's picture

September 26, 2020 at 06:46 am

Blah, blah, blah. And they’ll have their work cut out for them in 22, 23, 24, etc.

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