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Deal not close for Packers, Raji

The Green Bay Packers and defensive lineman B.J. Raji continue to be at odds regarding a rookie deal.

As Tom Pellisero of the Green Bay Press-Gazette has pointed out, nothing is imminent between the player and the team.

On Saturday, Pelissero reported that it’ll be “at least a couple days” before a deal gets done.

On Sunday, linebacker Clay Matthews said that Raji is “champing at the bit” to work the thing out.  (Based on his size, we assume that Raji also has been champing at the bear claws, too.)

The obvious problem is that the two of the three picks directly in front of Raji (Andre Smith at No. 6 and Eugene Monroe haven’t signed) and the three picks directly behind him (Michael Crabtree at No. 10, Aaron Maybin at No. 11, and Knowshon Moreno at No. 12) haven’t signed yet.

Then there’s the reality that Raji is represented by Athletes First, the same firm that had last year’s ninth overall pick, Bengals linebacker Keith Rivers.  If the agents do too good of a deal in comparison to last year’s contract at the same slot, Rivers might feel miffed.  And if they don’t do good enough of a deal at No. 9 this year, they might be leapfrogged by Crabtree.

Regardless of how it all works out, Raji already is eating more than the bit and/or the bear claws. 

He’s eating his words.

“There will be no problem, as far as holding out on my end,” Raji
said in June.  “I’m a rookie but from what I’ve been told, holdouts are not
necessarily a good thing.

“Especially a rookie coming in, you can’t afford to miss a week or
two of training camp, especially when you’re trying to find a way to
get on the field.  Yeah, that’s my agency, but I’m in control, not the
other way around.”

We’re not sure who’s in control at this point.  But the bottom line is that Raji is missing time that he’ll never be able to make up. 

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20 Responses to “Deal not close for Packers, Raji”
  1. SpartaChris says: Aug 2, 2009 2:00 PM

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  2. SpartaChris says: Aug 2, 2009 2:01 PM

    I do have a quick question- Is he even allowed in camp without a contract signed?

  3. EskinSux says: Aug 2, 2009 2:03 PM

    “Especially a rookie coming in, you can’t afford to miss a week or two of training camp, especially when you’re trying to find a way to get on the field. Yeah, that’s my agency, but I’m in control, not the other way around.”
    —————————————–
    Damn it sounded good when he said it huh…..It’s the NFL chowder head, everything revolves around money…..

  4. ShimSham says: Aug 2, 2009 2:05 PM

    There’s just too much money tied up in this for more people than just Raji. So it’s not surprising he doesn’t have as much control over it as he’d like. Still think he’ll be fine as long as he’s there by tomorrow or Tuesday. But it’s definitely important to get this done sooner rather than later.

  5. longrodvanhungendong says: Aug 2, 2009 3:01 PM

    It’s disappointing. Was it this bad last year at this time with first round picks not being signed? It doesn’t seem like there were this many unsigned picks going into training camp last year.

  6. hyde says: Aug 2, 2009 3:02 PM

    It’s a shame…the kid WANTS to be there, but it’s the deals for the player drafted around him that are keeping him out. He should sign his own deal…it would probably work for Monroe as an O-lineman and SCREW Crabtree…he thinks he should be paid Top 5 money..you don’t LIMP into the top 5 payment tier…Simple enough…get these deals DONE!

  7. route33 says: Aug 2, 2009 4:34 PM

    Just another draft bust waiting to happen.

  8. Shackman v2.0 says: Aug 2, 2009 5:13 PM

    If Raji wants to get into camp so badly, he should just tell his agents, “get me 10% more than last years 9th pick so I can get my fat ass in camp and let the rest of the market set itself.” Yeah, like that’s really gonna happen.

  9. hyde says: Aug 2, 2009 6:03 PM

    Raji would probably say..yeahh..let’s do dat…but he agent would surely say..ummm…no ASSSS way…cause HE has to deal with the whole Agent fraternity..and they just don’t do that…the system is BORKED…

  10. botchedextrapoint says: Aug 2, 2009 6:35 PM

    Given that holdouts are a non factor in their first year all holdouts should imediately forfit any extra cash that may have been on the table in the first year of their contract and play for the rookie minimum. The rest of the contract then needs to be heavily weighted towards incentives. I know that there have been plenty of busts but has there ever been a holdout that has played well in their first year. Inspite of the history there is always a bunch of rookies and agents each season that think that they are unique and that history doen’t apply to them. They never regain the momentum they loose. There are plenty of Packers that have earnt contract extensions that they wont get because Raji will be eating cap space not offensive linemen.

  11. Philtration says: Aug 2, 2009 6:52 PM

    Who cares?
    It is just the 6-10 3rd place Packers and a squishy man boob sporting future bust.
    What NFL player wants to live in a trailer park anyway?

  12. jeremiah says: Aug 2, 2009 7:53 PM

    i will venture to guess that both philtration and route 33 are viking fans….poor guys.
    with the dehydration problems of your first round pick, aquafina and evian should see a >50% jump in their annual bottom line.
    but yeah, busari is the one who is gunna bust. sheesh

  13. Philtration says: Aug 2, 2009 9:51 PM

    No jeremiah.
    Oh hell no.
    I would not be a Viking fan for all the purple jerseys in Minnesota.
    I hate the Vikings almost as much as I hate the Packers.
    Almost.

  14. BeardedAxe says: Aug 3, 2009 9:59 AM

    He needs to get his big paycheck so he can go back to smoking weed, stuffing his fat face and underachieving. I bet he has already ballooned back up to 350 in the offseason.

  15. jimicos says: Aug 3, 2009 9:59 AM

    Philtration says:
    August 2, 2009 6:52 PM
    Who cares?
    It is just the 6-10 3rd place Packers and a squishy man boob sporting future bust.
    What NFL player wants to live in a trailer park anyway?
    ————————-
    After spending yet another weekend in glorious Chicago, I’d gladly opt for a trailer park over that. Too. Many. People.
    And it’s nice of you to insinuate that Raji’s bust will be in Canton, but let’s let him play once or twice before making that leap. Mkay? ;)

  16. madM100 says: Aug 3, 2009 12:11 PM

    Raji’s a bust, wisconsin is useless, now LETS PLAY

  17. jimicos says: Aug 3, 2009 12:41 PM

    madM100 says:
    August 3, 2009 12:11 PM
    Raji’s a bust, wisconsin is useless, now LETS PLAY
    ————————–
    madM100 is an idiot, Minneapolis has an inferiority complex, now LETS PLAY.

  18. pfii63 says: Aug 3, 2009 2:51 PM

    I believe the word you were looking for is “chomping.”

  19. zangy says: Aug 4, 2009 5:00 PM

    I believe the word you were looking for is “chomping.”
    Actually it’s not,
    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/champing
    you f*cking dumbass.
    Now to TT…Get that boys big ass in to camp!

  20. tehnico says: Aug 5, 2009 2:07 AM

    “I believe the word you were looking for is “chomping.””
    “Actually it’s not, http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/champing
    Actually they are both interchangeable as far as the idiom etymology goes. In fact, “chafing” at the bit is also accepted. Generally speaking however, “chomping” is considered informal usage and technically incorrect.

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