The Lass Word: Next Year's Left Tackle, Elgton Jenkins?

Packers should wait on extending Aaron Jones

I went back and watched the first quarter and a half of the season opener against the Vikings, just to make sure I saw what I thought I saw when I watched the game live. If you recall, the Packers started Elgton Jenkins at right tackle because Rick Wagner and Billy Turner were both hurting. I focused on how Jenkins handled himself in that outside assignment.   

Now, I'm not a coach nor a professional evaluator of film, but I gotta tell ya, it looks to me like that guy can play tackle in this league.    Granted, the players rushing against him were not exactly Aaron Donald or JJ Watt.   More like guys named Jaleel Johnson, Jalyn Holmes and Yannick Ngakoue.   Still, Jenkins was solid as you could expect.   His man never got past him on a pass set.   At times he would get backed up a bit off the snap, but he was always able to re-anchor and stop the backwards momentum before it affected the quarterback.   In the run game, he consistently took his man out of the play.   On one Aaron Jones carry, he quickly finished off his man and got to the second level where he blocked linebacker Eric Kendricks, paving the way for an 8 yard gain.

Elgton Jenkins should not be our starting left guard.   He should be our starting right tackle.    It's much harder to find tackles than guards in this league.   Move Jenkins to right tackle, let him get a year's experience at the position and then......wait for it.........move him to left tackle next year.    As you undoubtedly know, the Packers are going to be strapped for salary cap space next year.   It will take a ton of money to resign David Bakhtiari.   Moving Jenkins over there saves the money.....money that could be used to resign Aaron Jones and maybe even fit in Kevin King and/or Corey Linsley.   Bakh is 28 years old, possibly beginning the downturn of his prime.   Jenkins is 24 and under a second round rookie contract for two more years after this season.

With Jenkins at right tackle this year, Lucas Patrick could move to left guard, and Billy Turner could slide back into the right guard position he played last year.   That puts Rick Wagner on the bench despite his $5.5 million annual salary, but he would be excellent insurance as the number three tackle.   John Runyan, who looked capable as well in his NFL debut against the Vikings, then becomes the number three guard.

The Packers are not going to have the money to bring everybody back.   This is one way to attack the problem.   

 

Pack Should Wait on Resigning Aaron Jones

Running back Aaron Jones is off to a scintillating start this season, but I don't believe the Packers need to be in a hurry to extend his contract.   The idea that he is getting more expensive every time he puts up big numbers is unrealistic.   The market was set before the season began with new deals signed by a parade of franchise running backs, including Alvin Kamara, Dalvin Cook, Christian McCaffery, Derrick Henry and Joe Mixon.   Jones is not going to move that needle higher no matter how good his season turns out to be.

McCaffery's extension averages $16 million per year.   Kamara's deal averages $15 million per year, Cook and Henry got about $12.5 million per year.   Mixon got $12 million.    Jones is going to fit in that range somewhere.   But since the Packers didn't get a deal done with Jones before the season started, there really is no urgency to get it done now.   The team might as well let the season play out.   You never know what might happen.   There could be injuries, Jones' play could decline, somebody else on the roster could emerge as an equivalent talent, the salary cap could change.

There are other notable backs in the final year of their deals, including Todd Gurley, Kenyan Drake and James Conner.   It might be wise to see what happens with them before deciding on an offer for Jones.   

I believe number 33 will continue to have a great season, but the economics of the NFL make it prudent for the Packers to take it slow on a new deal, especially with Bakhtiari, Linsley and King also up at the end of the year.

 

Outtakes

•  How big is this game for the New Orleans Saints?   The city would not give permission to the team to have fans in the stadium for the home opener against Tampa Bay because of Covid concerns.   But they have given the green light to fans for the home game against the Packers just two weeks later.   Coincidence?   

•  The Raiders proved on Monday night the Saints can be had, but you have to keep Brees, Kamara, Thomas & Co. on the bench.   The Raiders beat them with long, time consuming drives in the second half.   Fortunately, dominating time of possession is exactly what the Packers did against the Vikings and Lions. 

•  The last time the Packers beat the Saints in the Super Dome, Jaire Alexander, Kenny Clark, Rashan Gary and Alan Lazard were not even born.    Their last win there was in 1995.   I'd say they are due. 

 

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Ken Lass is a former Green Bay television sports anchor and 43 year media veteran, a lifelong Packers fan, and a shareholder.

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CayPack's picture

September 24, 2020 at 03:46 pm

Been thinking about this idea for a while now but always come back to the fact that the line is too important to our running and passing game not to extend Bakh. So sign Bakh & King, get one more year out of Jones via the franchise tag, let Jamaal & Linsley walk and cut Turner who isn't living up to his contract. Next year's line is then Bakh, Runyan, Patrick, Taylor if he's fit, Jenkins. RB in 2 years is Dillon / new draft pick. With Love and Dillon the currently intended QB/RB in 3 years time on rookie contracts, plenty of cap can be moved into the future for Bakh and King to make the franchise tag work for Jones.

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jeremyjjbrown's picture

September 24, 2020 at 04:11 pm

I'd cut Lowry too for 3mil in savings if his play does not improve.

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Coldworld's picture

September 24, 2020 at 05:13 pm

I agree with this. I do not think we will be able to afford Bakh though. I think that may be driving the talks with Jones. We just can’t do everything.

Just to challenge the prevailing wisdom that Bakh leaving is unthinkable, I’m not so sure. The team may see it as that we have options in Jenkins and even Nijman. Wagner is currently rated as one of the best tackles this year as well. If that continues. Turner was supposedly the winner in camp and it’s possible he was projected to tackle.

I’m not saying I’m urging this. I am saying I’m starting to suspect one or both may reflect the thinking within Lombardi Ave.

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PhantomII's picture

September 25, 2020 at 09:50 pm

Jenkins and Nijman are the 2 already on the team who more than likely pull it off. Bak has been ultra reliable so far in his career though. Lindsley and Turner will probably be gone next year. The young guys have been stepping up in multiple OL positions which bodes well for them and the decision Gute will make. OL money is being reduced and money going to defense unless Jones gets a nice pay bump. He is 50% of the offense as of now. Backs like him are NOT easily replaced. He is a special player and top 3 RB in NFL.

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Leatherhead's picture

September 26, 2020 at 03:27 pm

And you’d replace him with......?

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Dragon5's picture

September 24, 2020 at 04:06 pm

Clever ideas with Jenkins. He would essentially EARN his way to LT pay grade displaying mettle throughout the transition(s).

Much thanks to Bahk for his services. Woe to the team that signs him in his enemy year!

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Demon's picture

September 24, 2020 at 06:13 pm

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

September 24, 2020 at 04:53 pm

I love creative thinking regardless of whether it is acted on.

I have zero doubt Gutey is running all sorts of projections and analysis.

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Stroh's picture

September 24, 2020 at 10:05 pm

There's a difference between creative and stupid!

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arthurl's picture

September 24, 2020 at 04:56 pm

I do believe Jenkins can play any position on that line and play it well. Bakhtiari will be looking for big backs and I feel Jenkins will be just fine at LT. He’s younger and has the makings of a annual pro bowler. Runyan, Patrick, and Turner lock down the guards, Wagner and Turner are the RT. They could resign Linsley to another contract along with Jones and King. Bakhtiari has been a great player, but they got younger players at other positions to resign and can’t afford to lose them.

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Leatherhead's picture

September 24, 2020 at 04:56 pm

So we should move Jenkins to a spot that’ll make it more expensive to resign him?

Yeah, I don’t think so. I’m predicting Jenkins will be our center next year and we’ll release Bakh and Linsley. The GM will sign a more affordable guy to play tackle.

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Coldworld's picture

September 24, 2020 at 05:15 pm

Why on earth would you move him to center? He may well be smart enough but there is a reason Centers don’t need his athleticism.

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Demon's picture

September 24, 2020 at 06:32 pm

I cant believe that you would question the almight Leatherhead. The author of "run more pass less" Gute needs to take note! So it is written, so shall it be done.

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Leatherhead's picture

September 25, 2020 at 01:16 pm

Of course you can disagree, or question. Or you can be like you.

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Leatherhead's picture

September 25, 2020 at 01:19 pm

Cold world...the center is probably the second most important posittion on the line. It’d be nice to have a Pro Bowl caliber guy there.

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Leatherhead's picture

September 25, 2020 at 01:19 pm

Cold world...the center is probably the second most important posittion on the line. It’d be nice to have a Pro Bowl caliber guy there.

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jannes bjornson's picture

September 24, 2020 at 07:08 pm

You either resign Bhaktiari or spend a one pick on a guy you think will replace an ALL PRO, not.
Bhaktiari is your blind side responsibility or do you want Rodgers chewing turf or landing on IR for the 2021 season?
Gutedkunst would have to move up into the top ten picks to try to find a guy that may show as a replacement.

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Guam's picture

September 24, 2020 at 07:18 pm

Not necessarily. Bahk was a 4th round draft choice. Linsley was a 5th round draft choice. Other Packer O-linemen of the past were often 2nd through 5th round draft choices. Recenly only Bulaga was a 1st rounder.

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jannes bjornson's picture

September 24, 2020 at 07:46 pm

Spin the Wheel and see if you get lucky?

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Guam's picture

September 25, 2020 at 09:34 am

And first round draft choices are sure things? Remember D. Sherrod? J. Michels? T. Mandarich?

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jeremyjjbrown's picture

September 24, 2020 at 07:49 pm

It's hard to count on that though.

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Guam's picture

September 25, 2020 at 09:36 am

And first rounders are nearly as much of a crap shoot - see comment above for the list of Packer first round failures at OT.

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Stroh's picture

September 24, 2020 at 10:12 pm

LT are very hard to find outside the Top 15 picks. The Packers found the proverbial needle in the haystack with Bahktiari in the 4th. Do NOT count on that happening again in the NFL for another decade! The Packers have made it a habit finding good starting OG/C in the mid rounds. LT is an entirely different animal!

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Guam's picture

September 25, 2020 at 09:47 am

The Packers have drafted 5 OTs in the first round over the past 35 years and 2 of the 5 worked out (Reuttgers and Bulaga) and three failed (Mandarich, Michels and Sherrod). The Packers have had better luck in later rounds with OT (Clifton in round 2, Bahk in round 4), particularly left OT.

It is a fallacy that you have to pick a left OT early in the first round. The odds may be somewhat better, but that is all you get for a very high draft choice - somewhat better odds.

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September 25, 2020 at 08:58 am

Don’t try to confuse these people with facts, Guam.

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splitpea1's picture

September 25, 2020 at 12:54 am

There can't possibly be a better value or serviceable option out there that doesn't require us to fork out mega$$ for Bahk that we could use to sign other players, can there? If we can't sign him, then we must find the next Pace or Ogden in the draft--or Rodgers will get killed!

Come on, the sun will come up the next day if we're unable to keep Bakh.

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Minniman's picture

September 25, 2020 at 12:21 am

Looking at that scenario, there’s 2 years of cap savings to be had. After that, Rodgers contract becomes more team friendly. This scenario would retain some key pieces till that time so that if Rodgers gets extended then it would be for a team friendly amount that would be conducive to retaining more talent.

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Tarynfor12's picture

September 24, 2020 at 05:02 pm

The success of this season or lack of, SB or playoffs and watching at home again, will decide the future of a few vets and promotions of others with the Packers.

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MarkinMadison's picture

September 24, 2020 at 05:10 pm

I love Jenkins. I don't think he is a LT. Looking good against a depleted Vikings D is not much of a litmus test.

I don't know what the plan should be to replace Bakh. I do know that if the plan at LT is as bargain-bin oriented as the plan at RT has been that Aaron Rodgers will be begging to be traded. Resigning Bakh is the only thing that really makes sense. Lindsley

OTOH, can be replaced cheaply. Aaron Jones can also be replaced cheaply. He probably already has been replaced. ILs and RBs are cheap folks. LTs and CBs cost money.

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Coldworld's picture

September 24, 2020 at 05:20 pm

Aaron Jones can be replaced by whom? I doubt it. He could be let go and Dillon given center stage, but you just lost elite elusiveness one the ground and maybe our slot receiver.

The argument about paying is not that he is elite, but whether a running back can sustain that through contract 2. The answer should start is whether he is a conventional running back. Based upon last week the answer is that it seems the Packers think he is more than that.

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murf7777's picture

September 24, 2020 at 06:08 pm

CW, as you know, last week was coming as he showed it all last year. I don’t know what the right answers are, it is waaay above my pay grade. What I do know is Bak stated they are 4M apart and he seems to want top LT money. Meaning top 1 or 2. I suspect we will be parting ways with him. I agree that is driving AJ’s contract talks.

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jannes bjornson's picture

September 24, 2020 at 08:58 pm

Well, this year if they went with Helaire as the one pick or Jonathon Taylor there would be leverage against Jones.

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Stroh's picture

September 24, 2020 at 10:22 pm

Its been proven that RB are easily replaceable, even as good as Jones. I like him plenty but if he wants anything approaching 10M per, say good bye!

Start Dillon, sign Jamal Williams, elevate Dexter Williams and use a mid round pick on another smaller receiver RB and Jones is replaced. And yes thst neans productivity too. Having a quality OL and Rodgers at QB makes Jones look ALOT better and infinitely more productive. Running against 6 or 7 in the box isn't that difficult!

Your vastly exaggerating Jones or any RB value!

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splitpea1's picture

September 25, 2020 at 12:20 am

Welcome to la-la land: Jones is replaced by J. Williams, and two guys with 12 NFL carries and no receptions between them in their careers. That should work well with our semi-proven receiver group and our largely unproven tight ends. And then there's the little matter of our defense, which may need us to score at least 30 every game to be "successful."

Maybe if Dillon turns out to be Jim Brown, this will work....

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Minniman's picture

September 25, 2020 at 12:57 am

Bakh doesn’t just protect Rodgers, he also enables Jones.

To my mind Runyan and Jenkins need to excel to justify allowing Bakh to leave AND\OR Dillon needs to excel to allow Jones to be let go. Possibly throw in Josh Jackson’s play for King too! Obviously at least one that trio is going to walk at the end of the season. The play of their potential replacements will be a big determinant of this.

Have a look at the article “the passing chronicles”. Dusty does a great job of breaking down the complexity of the Packers offense (this year especially with the mesh route strategy). In short, MLF is doing a lot of work to scheme guys open. Jones is an example of a good player in a conducive scheme - Like Leveon Bell at the Steelers a couple of years ago (now doing ok but not exceptional things for the Jets).

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September 24, 2020 at 06:29 pm

It may sound nice in theory, but I don't think we're going to cheerfully replace Aaron Jones's substantial production with a cheap free agent or draft pick. The Packers may be able to develop some of their younger skill players to the point where Jones doesn't account for such a large percentage of their offense, but without him, the offense loses its electricity and becomes easier to defend.

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Stroh's picture

September 24, 2020 at 10:23 pm

As long as they have a quality OL and Rodgers at QB almost any RB can be very productive!

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splitpea1's picture

September 24, 2020 at 11:02 pm

Sure, that's why running backs such as Starks, Lacy, Brandon Jackson, Dexter Williams, Jamaal Williams, and Ty Montgomery have had seasons with over 1500 yards and 19 TDs....Also note that expensive left tackles don't amass huge yardage totals or score TDs....Do we really need an elite left tackle if we're supposedly going to make more quick throws and run more; or would a reasonably good one do just fine? Also, the Packers won the Super Bowl in the1996 season with an unsettled left tackle situation.

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CoachDino's picture

September 24, 2020 at 05:37 pm

Great article. Unfortunately you can't pay top dollar at QB,WR,DL,LT,RB the cap just won't allow it.

Good point on if Jenkins does workout at LT then you have to pay him, though it wouldn't be at the rate Bak is going to get.

They went out and got their guards in this years draft. Patrick at center Jenkins at 1 tackle and wagner, Turner, Draft Pick, Yosh at the other.

Tough to think about these huge changes to a OL that has been so successful but history is shown that its what needs to be done. Rivera and Wahl - - - Sitton/Lang Frankie bag of doughnuts - - Brian B.

Franchise (can they?) Bak for a year.

Just can't pay Ajones that kind of money at RB.

These are tough decisions that are not going to make your team better so no one is expected to like them but they have to be done. Exploring every option is just the due diligence needed to make the best decision at the time with the information available.

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jannes bjornson's picture

September 24, 2020 at 07:18 pm

Priorities are still a franchise QB, his blind-side protector, a shutdown CB and a dominant pass rusher.

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CoachDino's picture

September 25, 2020 at 01:00 pm

Agreed, Those are the most valued positions on a team. It's the cap that messes things up. Forces the better of two bad choices. Not advocating it but Saving 18Mil a year going from a 29 yo Top 3 LT to a 22yo "potential" stud LT at 2mil/yr might be one that has to be made. Is going from a Top 3 to a top 15 LT worth saving 18 mil to keep a #1 center, #1 to 5 RB and a Solid #2 CB?

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Gravedigger93's picture

September 24, 2020 at 11:26 pm

Bag of donuts....one of my favorite nick names!

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mnbadger's picture

September 25, 2020 at 07:56 am

I fondly remember it as "Frankie Bag of Doughnuts" I met him at a bar on state street in while at UW. He was exactly as you would expect. Happy, Gracious, Humble and tons of fun. GPG

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Demon's picture

September 24, 2020 at 06:57 pm

Ive always been of the mindset that left tackles are born not made. I cant think of one who started his NFL career as a guard and made the transition to LT.

Former LT Tuinei of the cowboys started as a DL and made the transition so i guess anything is possible. A safer bet would be to draft one in the 1st next year or develop one currently on the roster.

I personally am going to enjoy the season THIS year before worrying about next offseason.

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September 24, 2020 at 06:15 pm

I’m not certain how, but most of our OL was developed with low draft picks. It has been this way for 25 years and they always rank in the top 10. I suspect we have a really good OL coaching crew over the years. Correct me if I’m wrong but over the past 20 years I think Buluga and recently Jenkins are the only high draft picks. That’s been a great luxury.

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13TimeChamps's picture

September 24, 2020 at 06:48 pm

Well, in 2011 there was Derrick Sherrod, 1st round pick.

Sorry to bring that up.

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September 24, 2020 at 08:00 pm

Colledge and Clifton were second round picks, but that was pretty far back. And since we've had so much success with mid and lower round picks in the past, that makes a slightly better argument for letting Bakhtiari go and retaining other players instead. I'm just not in the "If we don't re-sign Bakh, our quarterback's going to get killed!" camp. If there's one area of the Packers organization we can have confidence in, it's the ability to draft and develop offensive linemen.

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September 24, 2020 at 10:25 pm

Hallelujah, speak thr truth in the face of ignorance!

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September 24, 2020 at 06:05 pm

If you are going to make a choice always go with the trenches. Yes, Jones is a star but you can't pay everyone and he's worthless if the OL doesn't have the right bodies. If you must let Lindsey walk. Pay Bak on a 3-4 year deal...period. Pay King at the end of the year if he's pans out. If he get's injured again...forget about him or only at a team friendly deal.

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murf7777's picture

September 24, 2020 at 06:16 pm

What if it is 20+ per year?

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murf7777's picture

September 24, 2020 at 06:18 pm

By the way, Tunsil is 22M per with 50M guaranteed. If he wants 20+, let him walk.

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Stroh's picture

September 24, 2020 at 10:29 pm

Houston paying Tunsil that much is as idiotic as Houston trading Hopkins for next to nothing. Tunsil has one advantage over Bahktiari, he's like 5 or 6 yrs younger.

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murf7777's picture

September 25, 2020 at 06:02 am

I agree, but if Bak wants that type of money there has to be a walking point or your team ends up in SC hell ala the Vikings.

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splitpea1's picture

September 24, 2020 at 11:53 pm

Or anywhere close, for that matter.

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CAG123's picture

September 24, 2020 at 06:35 pm

So we’re just gonna assume Jenkins can play LT based off what...?

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CAG123's picture

September 24, 2020 at 06:38 pm

I’m pretty sure the Packers moved Bulaga to RT because he couldn’t hack it at LT just because you can play one tackle position doesn’t mean you can play them both.

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September 24, 2020 at 07:28 pm

If I recall LT was taken

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September 24, 2020 at 09:01 pm

He was ostensibly brought on board to fill in Clifton's spot as he was getting on in years and had the injury history. Tauscher was the guy who went down and Bulaga took his spot on the right side.

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September 24, 2020 at 09:28 pm

No! The Packers had Bulaga at RT and he was playing very well. They had him moved to LT one year in training camp, but he tore hisACL in preseason and Bahktiari took over LT as a rookie because of Bulagas injury. After that it was easier to keep Bahktiari at LT and have Bulaga back at RT. Bulaga never really got the chance to become the full time LT. IMO he would have been a good LT, maybe not All Pro like Bahktiari but a quality starter for sure.

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Coldworld's picture

September 24, 2020 at 10:39 pm

Yes, jogged my memory. Thanks

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September 25, 2020 at 01:06 am

Stroh, Bulaga has had 2 good games at RT at LAC so far this year. I’m keen to see if he still has gas in the tank at the end of the season

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CoachDino's picture

September 25, 2020 at 04:52 pm

We don't know, this is all just conjecture. He did play LT in College as well as Guard and center. He also has the measurables for the position,. but your right we don't know. Even if he can what is the loss in position performance? Is it worth the Savings? Cost Benefit Analysis

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jannes bjornson's picture

September 26, 2020 at 04:06 am

If he was the solid LT at A &M, he would have stayed there. He's an inside guy.

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OldPacker's picture

September 24, 2020 at 06:48 pm

LOve Jones & Williams...Thanks TT ...losing Bakhtiari would be devastating .. think he needs to be signed 1st

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jannes bjornson's picture

September 24, 2020 at 07:49 pm

There is a guy from Clemson, Etienne, in the 2021 draft that will be in high demand.

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Yoda's picture

September 24, 2020 at 08:46 pm

A powerful young man, Jenkins is. Strong with this one, the force is.

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Stroh's picture

September 24, 2020 at 09:21 pm

Bahktiari is a must re-sign! This talk of moving Jenkins is assinine. He's an All Pro LG and will help stabilize the interior OL for a decade. He might be capable of playing RT, but he would not be All Pro level. Did the Packers consider moving Sitton from All Pro LG to play OT? NO

Re-sign Bahktiari and put all this garbage about moving Jenkins in the rearview! High school OT get moved inside in college and alot of college OT get moved inside in the NFL. PLEASE stop this stupid talk!

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mnbadger's picture

September 25, 2020 at 07:59 am

There was a time that Sitton wanted to move to tackle strictly to make more money. You can't argue with a guy that wants an opportunity to improve his value to the team and earn more $ if he deserves it. GPG

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September 24, 2020 at 09:39 pm

When I said Jenkins would be the Lt next year. I got S**t. Now I'm going to say. Go to the Hospital to have your babies. You Bahk supporters have to realize 15mil is Not going to happen. That Jones,and King should have been signed. And by BG " NOT" getting the contracts done. He's got Rodgers on the block. You still want to give me sh*t. Well throw in this. As much Sh*t as Adams got. TT still went and hurried and signed him. Much to us rolling our eyes at the numbers. The sooner you guys realize this is all about BG. The sooner you understand why Kirsey and Wagner were signed. The sooner you'll see the Sherman. And you know what happened after Sherman!!! Expect a change of scenery for are fan favorites. Not to mention a bigger hole per Cap.

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Stroh's picture

September 24, 2020 at 10:33 pm

You deserved shit then and this article deserves it now! Nothing has changed!

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September 25, 2020 at 07:38 am

Jenkins LT!!!!

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Coldworld's picture

September 25, 2020 at 08:00 am

You do realize that Gutekunst is not the contract guy, that is Russ Ball, who reports to Murphy not Gutekunst?

I’m meant if you want to kill the king you might first need to know who he is.

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CoachDino's picture

September 25, 2020 at 05:06 pm

All decisions need to be made in accordance with the cap impact. That said Bak may not be the resigned. If it's just Is he worth it, LT is a Key Position, tough to replace, risky to let go etc... All true. PLEASE take a look at the cap situation, it is dire. They don't even have the money to sign him in cap space. Now if Arod restructures to a home team cap friendly deal it helps.

Don't hate on the messengers...

I know I'm gonna catch it now too but unless you take into account the caps situation one isn't considering all pertinent factors. Check it out. If the cap is 175 Mil for 2021 the Packers are going to already be over it. At 183 Mil they have 5mil in cap space. There's very little to cut because many will be FA and not on the cap for 2021. Plusecutting guys saves but they still might have cap implications. King/Jones/Linsley/Bak. Are not counted and they have 5mil in cap space to sign them and the draft picks

Don't trust me - see for yourself.
https://www.spotrac.com/nfl/green-bay-packers/cap/2021/

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Lphill's picture

September 24, 2020 at 09:54 pm

Runyan made 25 starts at left tackle in college don't rule him out as the left tackle of the future, either way the Packers don't re sign Bak or King.

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Stroh's picture

September 24, 2020 at 10:37 pm

That's a bigger longshot than finding Bahktiari in the 4th! Finding the proverbial needle in the haystack once isn't going to happen in the NFL again for a dcede or more. Lots of Big10 LT, including z few UW LT have been drafted much higher and not been able to plat LT in the NFL!

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Coldworld's picture

September 25, 2020 at 08:17 am

Sadly this isn’t as clear as some like to portray it. It might be if Bakh were 26. David Bakhtiari will be 31 next season.

So the next contract he will want will run to 34 or 35. If his agent is savvy he will want to make sure that Bakh is protected over the life of the deal.

There are a handful of teams out there with cap galore. The Packers and others will likely be scraping the ceiling on recent cap projections.

This will almost certainly be Bakh’s big payday, he is highly unlikely to get another of comparable value even if he is an all pro at 35. He is unquestionably elite in pass pro. He has enormous leverage.

The team has to wonder if he will be serviceable in 2 or 3 years. Will the athleticism he relies on diminish, will his health decline? This is a high stake contract for both player and team. The team could easily end up with years with a huge chunk of cap on IR or simply not able to perform adequately.

It is possible Bakh will be good through into a 4th contract. The oldest starting LT this season is Whitworth on the Rams at 38. Be a brave GM to bet on that. Just as it would be a rare player who wouldn’t want to cash in on the value of an elite left tackle at 31 to some teams with cap mountains to burn.

I just fear that the stars aren’t aligned in this one. This is the kind of dilemma the cap era creates. It’s a big one and it might not come to be.

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September 25, 2020 at 02:52 pm

Cold world, all that’s true. Look at what the GM has....and hasn’t done?

Has he signed replacement offensive linemen? Yes, both Wagner and Turner were signed to multi year contracts.

Has he drafted offensive linemen? Yes, several. Madison in the 4th, Jenkins in the 2nd, and several guys on the last day.

Who have the Packers committed big money to since Gutekunst became the GM? Rodgers, of course, Lowry and Clark, but only Clark is making big money. Gone are Daniels, Martinez and Fackrell....all replaced by cheaper guys, just like Cobb and Jordy were.

Bakhtiari and Linsley are both really good players you’d love to keep. So are King and Jones and they are quite a bit younger.

You can replace Linsley with Jenkins and you can replace Bakhtiari with a more affordable FA , just like we did with Bakhtiari and Martinez. You can see if Runyon can play. You can draft somebody on the second day. There’s lots of things. But you can’t just pay everybody.

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murf7777's picture

September 26, 2020 at 05:50 pm

CW I think he will be 30 next year as he turns 29 this month I believe

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ogilview82's picture

September 24, 2020 at 11:51 pm

Wow what a great series for the Tonyans! Go! Go!

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Doug_In_Sandpoint's picture

September 25, 2020 at 09:24 am

If they let Bahk walk they better have some sort of plan for improving AR’s mobility, or getting a younger more-mobile quarterback in there. Or perhaps moving away from an offense that requires an extraordinary LT who can execute 5 seconds of blocking on passing downs. Wonder if we can find any evidence that those things even been a thought by the brass...

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jannes bjornson's picture

September 26, 2020 at 04:20 am

They would have to get one of the top three LTs from the draft and these guys will be gone by the #15 pick.
Gutedkunst will probably let the season play out for injury risk before dropping big coin on his guys.

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Dzehren's picture

September 25, 2020 at 10:31 am

LT take priority over RB’s. Huge Aaron Jones fan but LT is premium position.

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jannes bjornson's picture

September 26, 2020 at 04:21 am

Peters is still the Eagles LT after their one pick, Dillard, went down for the year. Hard to find these guys.

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ChuckCecilKO's picture

September 25, 2020 at 10:59 am

I would say definitely pay Bahktiari. Keep Jenkins at guard where he's playing at an all pro level. I'm guessing King and Linsley are the ones not resigned. Maybe Jake Hanson gets a shot at center next year? The team isn't going to pay top $ to King with Alexander being CB1. Forget it. Go with free agency or the draft to replace King. Maybe franchise tag Jones. Wait a year and see what you've got in Dillon. Maybe take an out on Preston Smith next year and recoup some $ and hand Gary the reigns.

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September 26, 2020 at 04:58 pm

All this talk about the free agents we will be losing makes me think about one thing. This is our Super Bowl year. It will be the best team they have assembled in years. They get it done this year or maybe not for a couple more down the road. Specifically if Gute does not upgrade the DL stat it will be the biggest travesty to the Packer fan base. It's unforgivable. That being said Jenkins is the best OL prospect in years. If Bak wants to remain a packer he can leave some money on the table for his TEAM MATES instead of being greedy. I don't feel sorry for anyone making that kind of money. Green Bay LOVE or get the Green Bay shove. Getting the most money doesn't make you the best. Your heart and how you use it does and go about your way on this earth does. It's not all one way Bak has to give a little also or the whole thing falls apart.

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