Bryan Bulaga, RT
Reports have come out saying that the Packers are letting Bulaga test the open market. This will mark the first time in his career to see where the grass may be greener. He will undoubtedly be looking for two things; first, a team competing for the Super Bowl as he is getting older (soon to be 31 years old). The second would be looking to cash in on the recent surge in offensive line price tags.
Bulaga is coming off a season where he played all 16 games and accounted for 6 penalties and 4 sacks allowed. To put this into perspective, this is roughly 1 sack/penalty every game and a half. Or two per three games. This is slightly above average, however, where his true value lies are with his ability to play both the run and the pass efficiently. His blown block percentage (2.3%) is right on par with Duane Brown (2.1%). To put it into perspective, Germain Ifedi’s was 3%.
Tom Pelissero has stated that he expects Bulaga to command somewhere in the realm of a $10-$12 million contract. This is a sizeable raise from his previous salary that averaged just $6.75 million per year. I think if he is willing to take a short-term two-year deal, a deal could be had.
Projected contract: 2 year, $21 million ($10.5 million per season), $9 million guaranteed.