The Green Bay Packers have an obvious move that needs to be made after the news that broke Saturday.
According to a report from ESPN, Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari was placed on the PUP list on Saturday.
Bakhtiari played in just one game last season
Green Bay Packers All Pro left tackle David Bakhtiari’s return from the torn ACL in his left knee has hit another snag.
More than a year and a half removed from his injury, he’s still not in the clear. Bakhtiari was placed on the physically unable to perform list Saturday, according to ESPN’s Field Yates, meaning he almost certainly won’t be on the field when the Packers hold their first training camp practice on Wednesday.
It’s still early in the offseason, so the news about Bakhtiari on Saturday doesn’t necessarily mean that he won’t be ready for the start of the season.
But I think this news is a reminder that Green Bay needs to prepare for a scenario where Bakhtiari misses a significant amount of time in 2022.
That’s why I think the Packers would be wise to sign one of two free-agent offensive linemen.
Former Pro-Bowlers Eric Fisher and Jason Peters are both available in free agency.
Fisher is just a year removed from a Pro-Bowl appearance. At 31 years old, he should still have plenty left in the tank. I think he’d be the best free agent option for Green Bay, but he might be holding out for a guaranteed starting job (at this point, he’ll probably wait to see what injuries occur in training camp before signing somewhere).
Peters is nearing the end of his career, but he’s still a productive player. And he’s eager to help a team win a championship. The former Arkansas standout spoke earlier this week about his desire to play for a team with playoff aspirations. He’s also more than willing to mentor young players. Peters is 40, but he’s had better luck staying on the field than Bakhtiari lately.
Fisher would be the best option for Green Bay, but Peters, who played with the Chicago Bears last season, might be the most realistic option. Either way, I think it’s clear the Packers need to be on the phone trying to bring one of them to Green Bay.
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