Packers All-Pro LT David Bakhtiari 'would love' to be traded to the NY Jets
By Justin Fried
The NY Jets are in the market for offensive line help this offseason, and one notable All-Pro offensive tackle seems very open to the idea of coming to the Jets. That player is longtime Green Bay Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari.
ESPN's Rob Demovsky appeared on The Rich Eisen Show on Tuesday and discussed the latest with Aaron Rodgers and the Jets. As part of the discussion, Bakhtiari's name came up.
Eisen asked Demovsky if there was any chance that Bakhtiari would be a part of the eventual Rodgers trade, and while Demovsky insisted that he "wouldn't think so," he dropped an interesting nugget about what the multi-time All-Pro left tackle might want.
Demovsky suggested that Bakhtiari "would love to be part of that deal." It seems as though the 10-year NFL veteran is interested in joining the Jets, although, for financial reasons, it remains highly unlikely.
Don't expect the NY Jets to trade for David Bakhtiari this offseason
Bakhtiari may be interested in a trade to the Jets, but the Packers restructured his deal earlier this offseason. That restructure essentially makes it impossible for him to be traded before the start of the season.
The Packers would take on a whopping $38 million in dead cap if he was traded before June 1st. A post-June 1st trade would split that $38 million cap hit between 2023 and 2024. In theory, they would save roughly $2.25 million in 2023 cap, but they'd also be eating over $19 million in dead cap.
Simply put, the Packers aren't going to do that. There's a small chance they could consider trading him midseason and a larger chance that he could be on the move next offseason, but as far as this offseason goes, don't expect any trades involving Bakhtiari.
It is nice to hear that he's interested in the Jets, however, and perhaps he could be an option for the future — assuming Rodgers sticks around for more than one year.
The 31-year-old is still playing at a very high level and, when healthy, is one of the best left tackles in football. Injuries have been a significant issue, though, as he hasn't played a full season since 2019.
A torn ACL cut his 2020 season short and limited him to just one game in 2021. He missed five games last season due to injury as well. That's something to keep in mind when discussing Bakhtiari's future.
Still, it's always great to hear that superstar players like Bakhtiari want to play for the Jets, even if it's only because of Rodgers.
A trade isn't happening this offseason, but it's always a possibility to consider in the future.