Packers LT David Bakhtiari made it clear that he wants to be in Green Bay long-term, and believes there mutual interest in getting an agreement in place at some point.
“I think it’s mutual,” Bakhtiari told USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin. “I like it here, and they like me. I have another year. So I think if they want to do it early, awesome. If not, then we have one more year to work together. So we can talk about it then. I do think it’s too early though.”
Bakhtiari will be an interesting negotiation for the Packers, assuming they are open to working out an extension with the former fourth-round pick.
The price for starting left tackles is quite, and with the cap continuing to go up, so too is the asking price for players who happen to play a premium position like left tackle.
Bakhtiari, 24, will be entering the final year of his four-year, $2.6 million rookie contract that included a $433,312 signing bonus. He’ll make a base salary of $675,000 for the 2016 season before becoming an unrestricted free agent in 2017.
In 2015, Bakhtiari appeared in 14 games for the Packers and was rated by Pro Football Focus as the No. 31 offensive tackle out of 76 qualifying players.
We’ll have more regarding a potential extension for Bakhtiari as the news is available.