David Bakhtiari’s run as the highest-paid offensive lineman in NFL history didn’t last long.
On Tuesday night, Trent Williams re-signed with the San Francisco 49ers on a deal worth $23,010,000 per year, just passing Bakhtiari’s Green Bay Packers Jerseys China deal with the Green Bay Packers worth $23,000,000 per year in new money.
Williams’ deal is for $138.06 million over six years, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network. Bakhtiari’s contract –signed in late November – was $92 million over four years.
The difference in value per year is just $10,000.
Don’t think the Packers offensive tackle didn’t notice:
@TrentW71 you petty AF 😂😂😂. Congrats on the deal and history Silverback. Very deserving. Excited to see you continue to do 🦍 things.
— David Bakhtiari (@DavidBakhtiari) March 17, 2021
Without a doubt, Williams used Bakhtiari’s record-setting contract as a guide to his own new deal with the 49ers.
Williams might be 32 years old, but he was going to be a highly-coveted an unrestricted free agent, increasing his leverage in negotiations with the 49ers, while Bakhtiari re-signed with the Packers during the season, before his contract expired.
Bakhtiari, a five-time All-Pro and a first-team All-Pro in 2020, is recovering from an ACL injury suffered before Week 17 last season. The Packers are happy with his recovery so far, but the 29-year-old could miss the start of the 2021 season.