Green Bay Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari is now one of the richest offensive lineman in the league.
The Packers signed Bakhtiari to a four-year contract extension that will pay him $51.67 million, according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport. Bakhtiari’s $12 million average annual salary places him among the top five at his position. The only offensive linemen who are paid more annually are Washington’s Trent Williams, New Orleans’ Terron Armstead and Dallas’ Tyron Smith.
The former fourth-round pick out of Colorado has developed into one of the league’s premier left tackles. His job of protecting quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ blindside is one of the most important across the league and Bakhtiari does it exceptionally well.
The Packers had some tough choices to make along the offensive line, which forced them to release Pro Bowl guard Josh Sitton in August. Sitton, who joined the Chicago Bears days after being cut, was replaced at left guard by Lane Taylor.
Green Bay’s offensive line did a pretty good job of keeping Rodgers protected during Sunday’s 27-23 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Rodgers was hit only three times and sacked just once.