LA Chargers’ first-time Pro Bowl candidate #2: Bryan Bulaga
Bryan Bulaga has been an anchor of the Green Bay Packers’ offensive line for a decade. He has been one of the most consistent and reliable right tackles in the entire NFL over the last 10 years and that is what earned him a three-year, $30 million contract with the LA Chargers.
Bulaga has been so solid and has been a staple of the Packers’ offensive line for so long that it is almost assumed that he has been a Pro Bowler as some point in his career, but he hasn’t. Despite having several above-average seasons on a high-profile team like the Packers, Bulaga has never gotten the honors.
So why now? Why is Bulaga a candidate to make the Pro Bowl now? First of all, he is still a very solid tackle that has the tools to be a Pro Bowler. He is not going to suddenly get much better above the age of 30, but he absolutely can keep playing to the level that he has played at.
Second of all, the narrative is in his favor. Bulaga signed with a team that has been known for its offensive line problems and the front office has addressed them this offseason. With Bulaga’s old O-line coach in Green Bay, James Campen, coaching the offensive line, with the additions, the hope is that we could see a much-improved line for the Bolts.
If that is the case, the narrative is going to extremely favor Bulaga as the veteran who comes in and makes the biggest difference to the line. Even if he has exactly the same caliber season from year’s past, that narrative will make it seem all that more impressive.