Even if the Green Bay Packers don’t sign any of their remaining free agents the team has to consider their moves in free agency as a whopping success.
Per Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, they have agreed to terms with their own unrestricted free agent OT Bryan Bulaga. The Packers now have signed three of their own players- all on offense.
Without doubt Randall Cobb and Bryan Bulaga were the cream of their talented free agent crop. With the signing it means that the NFL’s highest scoring offense – 30.4 average points/game – will return intact.
The terms of the contract were reported to be for five years averaging close to $7M per year.
It appears that much like the Randall Cobb signing announced earlier, the market may have offered him more money than what he ultimately accepted from the Packers.
On a Tuesday conference call, Cobb reasoned that he was willing to give up money for the comfort of playing for one of the NFL’s best teams, with an MVP quarterback and an opportunity each year to win the Super Bowl. The same sentiment apparently also applied to Bulaga.
The 25 year old right tackle was a former first round pick out of Iowa where he just completed his original rookie contract. Under Ted Thompson the Bulaga signing continues the trend toward renewing his own successful draft picks after their original rookie contracts.
Bulaga was thought to be the top tackle available in free agency and was thought to be sought by a number of needy teams including the Buccaneers, Eagles and Redskins. Pro Football Focus had Bulaga rated the #4 right tackle in the league with +1.9 overall rating for the just completed 2014 season (very good). He was ESPN’s #11 overall top free agent regardless of position. He was also Pro Football Focus’ number 11 overall free agent.
With the Bulaga, Cobb and Tolzien signings, and Davon House leaving for Jacksonville, the Packers have 12 remaining free agents on the open market. Acclaimed players Tramon Williams, BJ Raji and Don Barclay are some of the more prominent members of that group.
The Packers have also tendered a low contract to offensive lineman Don Barclay, as well as Safety Chris Banjo, according to a league source. Barclay’s 2015 salary will be $1.542 million once he signs the tender. The Packers chose not to tender DuJuan Harris.
The team is estimated to still have about $20M in cap space with which to operate. Should they choose to sign another free agent – either their own or another team’s – they will be able to do so with ample money left over to pay their draft class.——————
Jeff Albrecht grew up just north of Green Bay and was lucky enough to attend some of the Lombardi Era classic games, like the 1962 championship and the Ice Bowl. Jeff went on to play HS football in the Green Bay area and College ball at UW - Stevens Point. Jeff is retired but still does some writing for his local paper. Jeff is a writer with AllGreenBayPackers.com and you can follow him on twitter at @pointerjeff .