Free Agent David Bakhtiari Gets Brutal News

The Green Bay Packers made the difficult decision to move on from their long-time left tackle this off-season.  For the first time in his career, David Bakhtiari will test free agency.  The decision was based on two major factors: Bakhtiari’s health over the last three seasons, and his massive $40 million cap hit.

Green Bay Packers: Free Agent David Bakhtiari Gets Brutal News

However, Week One of the 2023 NFL Season proved that when healthy, Bakhtiari is still one of the best in the business.  There is no doubt that he will have suitors in free agency, however, that won’t be the case for one team.

Former Green Bay Packers Left Tackle David Bakhtiari Gets Brutal Free Agency News

According to multiple reports, the New York Jets won’t be interested in Bakhtiari in 2024 based on one major move:

According to ESPN’s Rich Cimini:

Securing a top performer in their offensive line overhaul, the New York Jets agreed to terms Friday night with former Dallas Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Smith will sign a one-year contract that could be worth up to $20 million with incentives, according to a source. The base value wasn’t immediately available.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers, coming back from Achilles surgery, will have a new-look line in front of him. In a span of five days, the Jets have added three starters: Smith, left guard John Simpson and right tackle Morgan Moses.

Aaron Rodgers and David Bakhtiari were teammate for the better part of the last decade.  It is also public knowledge that the two are very good friends off the field as well.

When Bakhtiari was released by the Green Bay Packers, it was widely presumed that the Jets would target the veteran left tackle.  Bakhtiari has missed a ton of playing time over the last three seasons due to lingering knee issues that stem from his December 2020 ACL tear.  However, it has been made pretty clear that he is on track to play in 2024.

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