Green Bay Packers reportedly keep T Bryan Bulaga; Day 1 wrap-up

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Jan 18, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Green Bay Packers tackle Bryan Bulaga (75) defends against Seattle Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril (56) in the NFC Championship at CenturyLink Field. The Seahawks defeated the Packers 28-22 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

On what was a whirlwind first day of the new league year in the NFL, the Green Bay Packers locked up another important piece when they reportedly re-signed right tackle Bryan Bulaga.

According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, the Packers are keeping Bulaga on a five-year, $33.75 million deal.

Bulaga’s new deal puts him in the same salary territory as Pro Bowl guard Josh Sitton, who signed a deal for the same numbers in 2011.

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Bulaga was being pursued by the Buffalo Bulls, Washington Redskins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers before telling teammates he intended to remain with the Pack, according to the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

The Packers also re-signed wide receiver Randall Cobb and quarterback Scott Tolzien before they would have hit unrestricted free agency.

Bulaga started 15 games during the regular season as well as both of Green Bay’s playoff games after missing the entire 2013 season with a torn ACL. The Packers allowed 31 sacks in 2014, their lowest total since 2007, and the line also cleared the way for Eddie Lacy to post a second straight 1,000-yard season out of the backfield.

Bulaga was the 23rd overall pick by Green Bay out of Iowa in the 2010 NFL Draft and has started 48 of his 52 career games.

But that certainly wasn’t all the Packers had going on Tuesday as the new league year opened.

The Packers tendered right-of-first-refusal contracts to a pair of restricted free agents, tackle Don Barclay and safety Sean Richardson, but did not tender deals to running back DuJuan Harris or wide receiver Jarrett Boykin.

One unrestricted free agent did leave the Pack and another was visiting another team Tuesday night as the free agency period officially opened.

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