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Bryan Bulaga Isn't Going Anywhere

It seems every offseason there's some speculation (how informed it might be is up for debate) surrounding Packers right tackle Bryan Bulaga and his status with the team. 

Last offseason, Bob McGinn reported that the Packers had approached Bulaga about taking a paycut, a request he refused. 

This offseason, Bulaga and his representatives haven't heard anything from the Packers, as the veteran offensive lineman told Michael Cohen of the Athletic. 

Bulaga is set to count $8.3 million against the Packers 2019 salary cap. 

While his availability is seemingly always an ongoing issue due to the plethora of injuries he has suffered over the years, the old pro battles through a ton to stay on the field. And when he does play, he is still one of the best right tackles in the game. 

The Packers will undoubtedly start planning for life after Bulaga (and may have already started with the signing of Billy Turner) but for 2019, Bulaga is worth every penny the team is set to pay him for the level of play he provides. 

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PatrickGB's picture

Good. When healthy he has been very good. Perhaps this is the season that he makes it all year. The new scheme may benefit him.

stockholder's picture

It's time Bulaga gets cut. Another guy who's going to get injured and not earn his money. At some point we should move on. 8 .3 mil can be used elsewhere. He's over achieveing.

GBPDAN1's picture

Absolutely keep Bulaga for this year. Draft his replacement in April for the 2020 season (and for if/when he misses time this year).

Bulaga is still a good RT. He was rated very high when he was on the field last season. Even if he missed 6 games this year, he'd still be worth the 8M based on what top OT make.

Packers2019's picture

Stock,

Who would you suggest we replace him with? The o-line has issues already and I do not think Billy Turner is the answer long term. Even Taylor is iffy at this point. Bulaga is worth every penny right now to protect AR an 89M investment, by the way.

dobber's picture

"And when he does play, he is still one of the best right guards in the game."

Freudian slip there, Aaron?

PackerAaron's picture

Bloody hell. Thanks.

zoellner25's picture

He needs a young backup from this year's draft. Not Spriggs

sonomaca's picture

Maybe this is the year Spriggs figures it out.

Dzehren's picture

LOL. Cut Spriggs & take the 2M in cap space.

sam1's picture

Yup, there has to be a better answer as a fill in out there! Hopefully Packers know more than most of us on this guy. Maybe another Frackell and a bit of late bloomer!

jannes bjornson's picture

Don't count on it. Probably released in August.

sam1's picture

My thinking if not sooner so giving a chance to catch on with another team.

jeremyjjbrown's picture

No reason not to keep Springs through training cap that I know of. Put him in there and see if he can zone block.

Minniman's picture

Given his performance the last 2 years it's hard to argue against this Dzehren.

My only question is if the 2019 Packers do use zone blocking schemes more regularly, would this not be a better fit for Spriggs? I don't know the answer to that, possibly best to see how he goes in TC and pre-season.

.... All said, his pre-draft scout report was spot on - paraphrasing here - "an up and down-player with great athleticism whose footwork and strength could be exposed at the NFL level"

dobber's picture

New coaches...new techniques...a style that might better suit him...if it doesn't happen this year, it won't.

Skip greenBayless's picture

Word is Spriggs is working out like a mad man and is like a totally different player. I expect big things for Spriggs this season.

But getting back to Bulaga. Glad he's back. Older vets on the o-line I actually prefer. They usually know all the tricks of their trade vs. a rookie or 2nd year guy.

Dash

KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

In this one instance I agree with you. Start him and play him!

However, in addition I might take even a slightly different approach. Draft his replacement with someone who can move well to get outside easy enough. Spell Bulaga whenever you can and save unnecessary injury. Accomplishes saving Bulaga while giving the rookie experience. I know consistency on OL is supposed to be critical but I would give the rookie experience throughout the season during games where there are routs or unlikelihood of a team being able to bounce back. Preserve Bulaga for when really needed. Just me but believe smart approach.

As far as Spriggs he needs to be working out like his life depends on it. I hope he is performing the correct workouts meaning working on his quickness out of his stance, and moving better to get outside. Likely he needs to shed some of the weight he put on last off-season IMO.

carlos's picture

Hope you’re right on Spriggs Dash.

Skip greenBayless's picture

I just double checked Spriggs' birthdate just to make sure... Yep, I'm right. No worries Carlos. Sleep well my friend.

Dash

Dragon5's picture

Bulaga is a 33 life path...the number of the master teacher...he'd probably make a great OL coach down the road.

born 03-21-1989 3 + 2 + 1 + 1 +9 + 8 + 9 = 33

The TKstinator's picture

His jersey is 75 so 7+5=12 and 1+2=3 so 3 is also in play here. Which I THINK would mean he’s a slightly better kicker than Crosby (2).

Skip greenBayless's picture

Dragon, are you by chance Glynis McCants the numbers lady? Can you do a reading on Aaron Rodgers? He was born December 2, 1983. Also Tim Boyle born on Oct 3 1994. The future of the Packers is at stake. I want to know your take based on those numbers.

Thank you,

Dash

P.S. I just did them for the hell of it. Correct me if I am wrong but I have Rodgers at an 8 life path and Boyle at a 9. I did mine as well. I am also a 9 life path which is weird. Would be interested in what they mean as I am sure the rest here would. As many here know Dragon, I have the ability to see into the future but I never used numbers like you do. Just interested in your take. Also, isn't Bulaga actually a 6 life path not a 33?

Skip greenBayless's picture

Fascinating. I want to her website for the hell of it to look up the information myself. This is what those two particular life paths say. It sounds pretty spot on particular about Aaron Rodgers since we all know him better than Boyle. Rodgers loves money and hates taking advice which is why I feel he's going to clash with the new head coach if the head coach tries to establish dominance. As for Boyle the first sentence is all I needed to read. "Nines are natural leaders". Ladies and gentlemen, I think we found our next great young quarterback for the Green Bay Packers. Would like your takes on these numbers.

Dash

(Aaron Rodgers) EIGHTS do not feel safe unless they have found a way to establish financial security. It is difficult for the 8s to take advice. When they make a choice, they must feel it is their decision, NOT SOMEONE ELSES. As a result, they do tend to learn the hard way. 8s are very honest and by being too blunt, they unintentionally hurt other's feelings. Although they can sometimes appear insensitive, what is going on inside them is the exact opposite. They do feel deeply about everything that goes on in their lives.

(Tim Boyle) NINES are the natural leaders. People often think they are in charge even if they are not. When in a store, people will often assume that they work there and will ask for help! They take care of everyone else, but need to learn to speak up when they need help, love, and hugs. The 9s often feel unloved or abandoned by their mother or father, or they feel completely responsible for them. It's hard for them to let go of the past, and it is something they need to work on in this lifetime.

LarryPennell's picture

Could you please look into the future and share Saturday's winning Powerball numbers with me?

Skip greenBayless's picture

I'm sorry but I really got into this numbers thing. Here's something even more crazy. I looked up a couple people for the hell of it. Tim Boyle and I were the same. Life Path of 9. Again, just for the hell of it I google Ted Thompson. His birthday is: Jan 17, 1953 - 1 +1 +7 +1+9+5+3 = 27 -----2+7= 9

Yes, Ted Thompson, Tim Boyle and Dish Riprock are all 9 Life Paths. Those two people in particular as many of you know I have been backing forever since I've been here. This blows my mind honestly.

Dash

jeremyjjbrown's picture

Hey let's all downvote dash for having fun wih numbers. I wonder what the life number for grudge bears is?

tpvaughn's picture

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Skip greenBayless's picture

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Doug Niemczynski's picture

Exactly. He is one if the best when healthy. Both LT and RT are probably the hardest, toughest jobs in Football.

stockholder's picture

Josh Sitton was too. TT released him when he could have traded him. Were hanging onto Bulaga to long. The 8.3 million cap is needed now. Turner can do his job. And I'm sure it would justify a OT in the draft. Time to move him.

KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

SH,
I would agree with you 'if' Spriggs was the player we all thought he would be when TT moved up to draft him, however he has been a major dissapointment. If they cut Bulaga they would not have an experienced OT...and they would need to draft two OT's to replace him. Where now they can get by with Turner aboard by drafting one OT.

A dicey situation but think they need to keep Bulaga this year. Ideally he would make a great back up at 4 of the OL positions while someone started at OT. I think this would be where his greatest value would be even at 8.3 million if a starter went down you know you have a high quality player you can plug in without missing a beat. However, they will not put him in that role even if they had an adequate starting OT in his place.

PackerAaron's picture

TT released Sitton because he was poisoning the locker room. Bulaga is not.

Skip greenBayless's picture

Bulaga is the consummate professional. Sitton looked and acted like Ogre from Revenge Of The Nerds. TT was right for getting rid of him as soon as humanly possible after he got out of hand in the locker room. Totally agree on this.

Dash

stockholder's picture

The official response was, No one knew why. He should have been traded. Lang and others came to his defense. They also released the punter. Considering TTs draft reaches, and his untimely release. TT was the poisoning.

jannes bjornson's picture

SH that was a McCarthy thing with Sitton. My brother in the Fox Valley said Sitton' s was very vociferous in commenting on stale game plans etc. during his radio show, TV? Why would Ted move a guy w/out getting something in a trade or holding him for a comp pick? If he wanted to dump his salary and extend Bhaktiari he could have done that before the draft 2016. Taylor is at best adequate.

Doug Niemczynski's picture

Spriggs will be released before the beginning of the 2019 season. Worthless pick. He can't even play guard decently.

Minniman's picture

Out of curiosity stockholder, if Bulaga was cut, which FA signing did you have in mind with that money?

Regarding the draft, I'm probably not going out on too thin a limb here by saying this but I think that the Packers will draft 2 Olineman this year - even if Cole Madison reports.

Lare's picture

Bulaga has played well when healthy, but he’s struggled through a number of injuries in his career. To his credit, he’s been willing and able to play through most of those injuries.

With this being the last year of Bulaga’s contract, it will be interesting to see what moves Gutekunst makes to plan for the future at RT.

Tarynfor12's picture

He feels fine in March..great...it's a long time until August and longer until September.

Cubbygold's picture

3rd highest salary cap hit for a RT this year. Still, it's not like there are great RTs out there ready to be signed on the cheap. Just one of those things where we have to hope for a healthy year but plan for the future.

Can't back up the truck for 12 and then not protect him.

jannes bjornson's picture

Hope Bulaga has a healthy year. He neutralized Mack the second half of round one.

IshpemingPackAttack's picture

I truly want to see Bulaga on that right side for 16 games more than anything. That being said,we cannot rely on that happening and we need to strengthen the depth of our O Line. After free agency I believe that is now a possibility through the draft. Go Gute Go!!!

MNPackersFan's picture

I'd prefer 19 games!

Cubbygold's picture

or 20, i'm not picky

lucky953's picture

This is sensible.

NMPF's picture

Unless someone comes in and takes BB's job, he's our 2019 RT for as long as he can stay on the field. Spriggs is built for the new wide zone blocking scheme but in pass protection he's a revolving door. For all of us that were on the "In TT we trust" bandwagon the current roster proves we were hoodwinked, bamboozled.

jannes bjornson's picture

We accept your apology. Get an OT with a high pick to protect the left and right side. Spriggs is on skates too much, not a NFL lineman.

The TKstinator's picture

That would have to be one hella big or lightning quick lineman to protect both the left AND the right side....

Minniman's picture

Marcedes Lewis wasn't brought back (even after validating Bennett that MM didn't use TE's well) to blow the top off corners.... he'd need a Segway for that at his age! Interesting to hear that Spriggs is "training the house down" too. Perhaps they do validate the theory that the Packers are going to go heavily into zone blocking schemes. Could Spriggs be used as a pulling guard..... question, not statement?

jannes bjornson's picture

LOL, (i) geuss you could put McCray out there to Help Rodgers along with his retirement.

MikeS's picture

Best TE at 12, best OL at 30. Bulaga is great when healthy, but can we count on him for 16 games? Not likely.

MikeS's picture

Lets face facts. Spriggs is a bust.

Minniman's picture

I disagree. He certainly was ill fitted to the past regime's style of play but may fit the new coaches style of play better. I'd say this is the make-or-break season for Jason Spriggs - but that the Packers are still going to draft an insurance policy (or replacement) early in the draft. He may have a new lease of life as a depth piece.

stockholder's picture

Where are the guys that wanted to clean house? You guys are getting Mushy. 8.3 can bring in a Free safety. Even Wilkersons replacement. Contract extensions. Just so much more then another guy ready to go on the IR.

Cubbygold's picture

So you're proposing cutting the starting RT and using the money elsewhere. So opening day Turner is the RT with Patrick/Spriggs as the only backups? Seems overly risky.

stockholder's picture

Cutting yes! The money goes to a position of need. OR Extension. Most people wanted Risner. The guy needs to be replaced. What difference does it make if you do it this year. The RT position gets younger. Bulaga is another china doll. That 8.3 is not going to help on the IR. Do it before the draft. Jake Fisher and others will come in cheaper too..

PackerAaron's picture

"The money goes to a position of need" like...right tackle, if you cut Bulaga.

Dzehren's picture

Aaron- is Turner a tstarting tackle or Guard? Do u see Turner as a starting guard backing up LT & RT? Is that why his contract is higher than expected?
Thanks

jannes bjornson's picture

Drafting an OT high backs up the Tackle spots and he learns behind Bulaga.
The Spriggs argument is hard to defend he's had three years to show something.

Dzehren's picture

GUTE is going to replace Bulaga in the draft. The 8M can be used as roll over, emergency $$ ,extending a younger player or finding post June 1 cuts to fill out the rest of the roster.
Belichick always says its better to replace someone a year early than a year to late.

Wilment's picture

When Bulaga is healthy, he is as good a tackle as there is out there, keeps those big guys out of Rodgers face. Problem is when he gets dinged up, its usually a knee, and mobility is an issue. Draft his replacement this year and as someone mentioned earlier, when possible, give the rookie some reps. I don't think Spriggs is the answer either. He is barely an adequate back up,, much less a starter along the line. GO PACK!

arthurl's picture

Bulaga is close to being shot. You can cross your fingers and hope he makes it, but shouldn’t be counted on. This is why team needs to find his replacement in this draft with early pick. Depending how their board falls they should consider pick #12. Personally I feel Oliver is only player to be taken at #12 other than OL. My preference would be take Williams and then get your TE or safety at #30

LambeauPlain's picture

Calls for cutting one of the best RTs in the NFL protecting the flank of the most valuable players for his team in the league is not just silly, it is illogical.

Who do you replace him with?

Spriggs, who has been a liabilty to date? Turner? He hasn’t proved anything yet at T but was brought in to play LG.

Bulaga is tough, smart, a leader and a talented NFL tackle.

He starts until he cannot.

Dragon5's picture

Though it's common to extrapolate, one must still acknowledge that past performance is not indicative of future results.

Dzehren's picture

Minnimam- apologize, I was off by 6M. Looks like over the cap is using 200M cap vs Spotrac using 188M. not sure if cap will be 200M or 188M.
Thanks for pointing that out. Source below 26M not 20M.
https://www.spotrac.com/nfl/cap/2020/

Dzehren's picture

The Pack are projected to have 20M In cap room next year. The 20M has already taken into consideration Daniels, Bulaga Crosby Martinez will be free agents & off the books. Add the fact Clark will need to be tagged or extended or 5th year optioned. GB should be rolling over $8M.

Unfortunately someone needs to go & GUTE will have to make a tough call after the draft.
Cutting Spriggs & RB Bibbs would give GB about 2.8M in free cap space.

Minniman's picture

That's funny, Over the Cap have then listed as having 39.9M

Dragon5's picture

If I was GM, I'd draft appropriately to replace him immediately...as well as the other Snake signs in a pig year below...thankfully Daniels & Bulaga expire at the end of '19 and Taylor at the end of '20. CapHit / DeadCap totals if they get cut below. We can net $19.2875m if all 3 are released.

Daniels 10.7125m / 2.4m
Lane 5.475m / 1.25m
Bulaga 8.35m / 1.6m

DL DANIELS, MIKE 05-05-1989 1LP SNAKE
G TAYLOR, LANE 11-22-1989 33LP SNAKE
OT BULAGA, BRYAN 03-21-1989 33LP SNAKE

Skip greenBayless's picture

Again, very interesting info Dragon based on strictly numbers. So you're saying Daniels, Taylor and Bulaga are all Snakes? What is the significance of the snake in this year? I would love to know Lare's life path because in my opinion he's also a lyin' snake but that might mean something totally different than what you are referring too. Could you elaborate?

Dash

KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

I dont know Dash but since I have been on here I find Lare to be one of the most articulate and well thought out posters. I know there is a history between the two of you but I always read and respect his comments.

Just saying!

Dzehren's picture

Pass on these three.
Oliver or Wilkins not Mo
Anyone named Devin not Marshall
Burns Polite chase winovitch not Ansa
Invest in the draft.

sam1's picture

Much stuff has dipped way into the world of absurdity on here from which it is intended, the enjoyment of football and peoples opinion of football only one would think!

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