It was a goal for David Bakhtiari to be the highest paid left tackle in the National Football League. When the ink dried on the contract extension that he signed late Saturday night, the Green Bay Packers offensive lineman had just become the highest paid offensive lineman in league history.
Bakhtiari’s new deal, as reported by ESPN, is for four years and worth up to $105.5 million. It includes $2 million in incentives and a $30 million signing bonus, all payable by the end of the current 2020 season. The deal averages $23 million over the four years, surpassing the deal Laremy Tunsil signed with the Houston Texans in May ($22 million per year). ProFootballTalk.com first reported the news of Bakhtiari’s extension during Sunday’s 24-20 win over Jacksonville.
“That was something that I’ve been chasing for a while,” said Bakhtiari after the game. “In having the talks with my family, to have that monetary validation for all the hard work that I’ve put in really meant a lot and that was something that I can hold on to and have that title for the rest of my life. That is something special that I’ve been chasing really ever since I got in the league. I have goals, very lofty ones, and I always wanted to say that I was the highest-paid offensive lineman in NFL [Read more…]