David Bakhtiari’s Comeback Quest: Targeting 2024 Return to the Field

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When David Bakhtiari was let go by the Packers earlier this month, it was not unexpected. 

The left tackle, who has been dealing with injuries, is currently looking for a new team and is optimistic about finding one before the start of the 2024 season.

Green Bay released Bakhtiari at the start of the legal tampering period, as anticipated, to address his future before free agency began. 

There hasn’t been much interest from potential suitors as teams focus on other, more promising options. 

Based on Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, it has been reported that the 31-year-old is currently undergoing rehabilitation with the goal of returning to play this season.

David Bakhtiari’s Reign: Dominance on the Blindside

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ASHWAUBENON, WISCONSIN – MAY 31: David Bakhtiari #69 of the Green Bay Packers participates in an OTA practice session at Don Hutson Center on May 31, 2023 in Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin.

During the years 2016-20, Bakhtiari established himself as one of the top blindside protectors in the league. 

Throughout that period, he received three Pro Bowl invitations and a total of five All-Pro nods, including two first-team and three second-team selections. 

Unfortunately, the situation worsened when he suffered a knee injury that ended his 2020 campaign and only allowed him to participate in one game the next year.

The Colorado alum had the opportunity to play in 11 games in 2022, but unfortunately, he spent most of the season on the sidelines, only managing to participate in one game. 

Packers’ Shake-Up: Bakhtiari Faces New Team Search

After the Packers made draft investments upfront to find a replacement, Bakhtiari is now faced with the challenge of finding a new team for the first time in his career. 

Being well-connected with Aaron Rodgers, he was considered as a possible addition to the Jets.

New York’s offensive line has experienced a significant influx of new members. 

That includes the addition of Tyron Smith on a one-year deal to serve as the team’s left tackle (assuming he can stay healthy, which has been a concern for him, similar to Bakhtiari). 

It was mentioned that the individual was being considered for a potential signing with the Jets, but only if they were willing to compete for a first-team position. This is particularly relevant now that Smith has joined the team.

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