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Packers make moves to protect Aaron Rodgers
Now that the Packers have extended quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ contract with a record $110 million deal, the team is making plans to make sure Rodgers stays on the field.
After the Packers surrendered 51 sacks last year – the second-highest total in the NFL – they’ve decided to switch right tackle Brian Bulaga to the all-important left tackle position to protect Rodgers’ blind side. The Packers have also moved Josh Sitton to left guard, per the Green Bay Press Gazette.
“Frankly, we felt Bryan Bulaga and Josh Sitton were our two most accomplished offensive linemen, and just going back to the old-school theory of how you structure your offensive line,” head coach Mike McCarthy said. “We wanted to put those guys on the left side. We had a chance to watch Josh working and playing the left guard position at the Pro Bowl, so there was more information there. And so, with that, I think it creates more competition.”
Last year’s left tackle, Marshall Newhouse, will now compete at right tackle along with Derek Sherood, Don Barclay and rookie David Bakhtiari.
“With reps, everybody involved on the right side has some history there,” McCarthy said. “You look at, Marshall’s played the right side, T.J.’s played the right side, Barclay’s played the right side, so we’re just trying to make as much competition as possible, and we feel with Bryan and Josh we’ve solved the left side and those guys have some history together, so there’s a number of different things that went into it.”