As predicted here at Cheesehead TV last week, Packers head coach Mike McCarthy reportedly told Chris Roth of WBAY-TV in Green Bay that Bryan Bulaga will move back to right tackle and David Bakhtiari will stay at left tackle while at the NFL Owners Meeting in Orlando on Tuesday:
— Chris Roth (@rothchris) March 25, 2014
This seemed to be inevitable but something nobody within the organization confirmed since last season ended.
It didn't make much sense to move Bakhtiari away from the position where he had such an encouraging season in 2013 as a rookie. Taking into account Bakhtiari's quick feet, competitiveness and room for growth, it just made sense to allow him to protect Aaron Rodgers' backside.
By moving Bulaga back to right tackle, where he played from 2010 through 2012, he stays at a spot where he's already experienced considerable success.
With Bulaga's contract set to expire after the 2014, it also made sense from a financial perspective to make him a right tackle, where his earning power might be influenced by the perception that he's a right tackle. On average, right tackles make significantly less than left tackles throughout the NFL.
Bulaga enters 2014 needing to prove he can stay healthy after landing on injured reserve in each of the past seasons, first with a broken capsule in his hip in 2012 and then with a torn ACL suffered during training camp in 2013.
The Packers might have to go back to the drawing board should either Bakhtiari or Bulaga get hurt once again, but one of their backup plans probably includes Derek Sherrod, the former first round draft choice that's missed his fair share of time the past couple seasons due to injury as well.
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