The Green Bay Packers have agreed to terms with right tackle Ricky Wagner.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 16, 2020
According to Ian Rapoport and Mark Garafolo, the veteran offensive lineman is remaining in the NFC North. The contract cannot be officially signed until the new league year begins on March 18th. Regardless, singing Wagner shores up a position that were among the Packers’ priorities this offseason.
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The Packers poached up a piece from the Lions by filling a need. Longtime Green Bay right tackle Bryan Bulaga is on an expiring contract. In light of this news, it appears as though Bulaga will no longer be part of the Packers organization. It is difficult to discern the exact reasons, without knowing contract details. Bulaga has been an excellent right tackle for years, and a key player to Green Bay’s success. My guess is that there was a significant difference between what Bulaga was asking for and what was ultimately accepted by Wagner.
#Cowboys’ Byron Jones’ market *starts* at $16-$17 mil per season, according to teams I’ve spoken to. And that’s without factoring in whether it’s an Oklahoma land rush for him. Conservstive market on #Packers RT Bryan Bulaga is projecting to be $12 mil per. RTs about to get paid.
— Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) March 11, 2020
It is certainly not age as both players have 1989 birth years. According to Charles Robinson, the market for Bulaga is expected to be around $12 million per season. I doubt that the Packers will be paying Wagner that much, thus saving funds for other positions.
What this also means, is that the Packers’ future at right tackle is still not secure. As of right now, Alex Light would be the main backup swing tackle. While he only played in one game last season, he struggled mightily against the 49ers. With another veteran on the team, offensive tackle depth could be addressed in the draft. Potentially, the long term answer at right tackle, could be in the 2020 NFL draft.
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