The Green Bay Packers have a major problem and they need to quickly find a solution for it.
Offensive lineman David Bakhtiari, when healthy, is one of the best players in the NFL.
But the problem is that Bakhtiari seemingly can’t stay healthy.
The Packers’ starting left tackle was missing in Green Bay’s week one loss to the Minnesota Vikings. And there’s a good chance he’ll be missing again this week.
Bakhtiari was limited in practice this week, but that doesn’t mean he’ll play against the Chicago Bears on Sunday. He was also limited in practice before missing the game against the Vikings.
Not a doctor but the limp on #Packers David Bakhtiari doesn't seem to be getting any better.— Cody Krupp (@CodyWKrupp) September 14, 2022
HC Matt LaFleur said: "we will see when we get out there" when asked if #69 will take part in 11-on-11 team drills. https://t.co/ms8JPjqmse pic.twitter.com/pDyx1BBTKV
This might be the last year the Packers have Aaron Rodgers at quarterback. Do they really want to waste the season because of offensive line issues?
At this point, Green Bay shouldn’t expect anything out of Bakhtiari this season. He’s only played 27 snaps since tearing his ACL in 2020. There’s not much confidence there that he’ll be able to contribute this season.
The Packers need to sign veteran free agent offensive tackle Eric Fisher. It’s the easiest answer to this problem. Fisher was a Pro-Bowler two years ago and he should be fully recovered from the torn Achilles he suffered in the 2020 playoffs. He’s gone un-signed after reportedly turning down nine teams while waiting on the right opportunity.
Would the Michigan native view Green Bay as the right opportunity?
I can’t imagine he’d pass on a chance to play with Rodgers.
Fisher is just one option. The Packers could also pursue a trade, though they’d likely be limited to AFC teams or non-contenders in the NFC as trade partners. But there could still be an upgrade to be found.
Regardless of what the Packers do, they just need to do something. They can’t waste what might be Rodgers’ last season. They have to figure this out…quickly.
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