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Raji leaves Green Bay

Defensive lineman B.J Raji, the ninth overall pick in the 2009 draft, has been hanging out in Green Bay pending the successful negotiation of a rookie contract.

He’s not there anymore.

Per Greg Bedard of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Raji has left Green Bay.

Raji previously said he didn’t plan to hold out.  Wednesday will be day twelve of his absence from camp.

Some league insiders believe that having the player in town gives a little extra leverage to the team.

If so, that leverage is now gone.

A total of five first-round picks — all taken in the first eleven selections — have not yet signed.

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43 Responses to “Raji leaves Green Bay”
  1. mustbechris says: Aug 11, 2009 9:13 PM

    at this point, camp’s pretty much over, why bother being there?

  2. JaggedMark says: Aug 11, 2009 9:15 PM

    It’s Michael Crabdiva’s fault.

  3. Surfdog says: Aug 11, 2009 9:16 PM

    Dumbass move by Raji. This will set his entire NFL career behind. These rookie dorks can’t see past the first contract. Many never get offered another.

  4. Backinthesaddle says: Aug 11, 2009 9:27 PM

    Crabtree is screwing everything up.
    I wish these kids just had the balls to tell the agents to stop dicking around. An approach like this would suit me fine……”Look at last years contracts, add a small escalator…..AND GET ME INTO CAMP NOW!!!!!”
    Getting these greenhorns into camp from the get-go is vital. The only holdouts are the ones that are all going to be guaranteed multi-multi-millions anyway. It’s all a bit greedy and seedy to my constitution. These weasel agents make me feel the urge to take a cleansing shower. I really love how some of the weasels don’t have the balls to have their player sign until they are “bracketed” by the players directly in front and in back of them having signed. Jeeeez…I could do that.

  5. Sock_Puppet says: Aug 11, 2009 9:29 PM

    12 days in Green Bay? Sounds like hell. He probably left because he was bored out of his mind.

  6. ShimSham says: Aug 11, 2009 9:30 PM

    “at this point, camp’s pretty much over, why bother being there?”
    The Packers have 17 practices and 4 preseason games left. How is camp “pretty much over” ?

  7. Buffalo Hogan says: Aug 11, 2009 9:32 PM

    “this is your first contract, get what you can”
    Well i cant speak for all NFL cities, when I say – Aaron Maybin has tarnished his career in Buffalo and will be boooed to high heaven if he ever appears in our unform. If you have never been to a game at RWS; if you have you feel me. This brother is no longer “in the circle”.

  8. Ruboest says: Aug 11, 2009 9:32 PM

    “These rookie dorks can’t see past the first contract. Many never get offered another.”
    Thanks for succinctly making the argument as to why they should get as much as they can get with the first contract.

  9. Facts Domino says: Aug 11, 2009 9:33 PM

    Fatty is at the buffet bar.

  10. 4evrnyt says: Aug 11, 2009 9:33 PM

    Clearly this is Crabtrees fault. At least that’s what I’m sure then next piece put out by Florio will say.

  11. Idle Hands says: Aug 11, 2009 9:38 PM

    Typical Packer idiot. Thinking he’s worth more than he actually is. Just like Javon Walker, Mike McKenzie and Ryan ‘one hit wonder’ Grant. I hope his career sinks just like the rest of those Packer losers after they complained about cash.

  12. DanSnyder says: Aug 11, 2009 9:43 PM

    This is why people like to go to DC, orakpo was in camp by day two. He was picked 3 picks behind crabtree but they didnt wait at all.

  13. Gautam says: Aug 11, 2009 9:53 PM

    @Surfdog … you just provided the reason why guys behave like this
    I think the average span of a NFL player is 4 years. You and I would have done the same thing – try to get top dollar since we were drafted so high.

  14. mafleish says: Aug 11, 2009 9:55 PM

    How far behind could he be? He’s a DL. All they do is go forward. It’s not like he is a skill position player.

  15. RunningLeftHander says: Aug 11, 2009 9:56 PM

    If he refuses to sign, he may benefit from a year off, and as long as he keeps in shape, it could even lengthen his career and increase the money he makes. Walking away from the table… a smart and bold move by Raji, or any disciplined (eliminating Crabtree) first round pick…

  16. OHbuckeyesIO says: Aug 11, 2009 10:26 PM

    It isn’t Crabtree’s fault. It is Al Davis’ fault for overpaying for Heyward-Bey. Because of his being overpaid, every player around him in the draft think they should be paid more.
    He won’t benefit from a year off. That is ridiculous talk. You don’t benefit from a year away from competitive football.

  17. myasylum says: Aug 11, 2009 10:35 PM

    I think the Packers are done for the next 10 years.
    They are always looking for the “bargain” that is the only reason Vick was mentioned in Green Bay. Then when they do pay players, they are people like Ryan Grant, that used Favres payment for not playing as leverage. Grant just sucks, o.k. maybe average.
    They were pretty good, now they are just kind of a screwed up organization.

  18. Vikes28AllDay says: Aug 11, 2009 10:42 PM

    Why is everyone blaming Crabtree? Anyone of those idiots could sign and go to camp they are all at fault. I hope the dumbasses sit out all year.

  19. PossibleCabbage says: Aug 11, 2009 10:56 PM

    “If he refuses to sign, he may benefit from a year off, and as long as he keeps in shape, it could even lengthen his career and increase the money he makes.”
    I don’t think it would help him at all. As much as Crabtree has to worry about competing with guys like Dez Bryant and Arrelious Benn (who would give him a serious run for his money as the top WR in the draft, even if he didn’t hurt his stock with a year long hold out), Raji has to worry about guys like Gerald McCoy, Terrance Cody, Ndamukong Suh, Marvin Austin, Lawrence Marsh, Vince Oghobaase, Jared Odrick, and Arthur Jones who threaten to make 2010 quite probably the best Defensive Tackle class in history. McCoy, Cody, and Suh are probably top 10 locks if everything plays out as expected.
    The only thing Raji really has on a lot of those guys (as this was a really weak class for DTs) is that he’s a prototypical nose tackle: morphologically similar to a coke machine with a quick first step. However, he already got drafted by a team that will use him to play the 0-technique spot, so what does he have to gain from walking out of an ideal situation scheme and positionwise to re-enter a draft that is ridiculously deep at his position?
    If Raji held out the entire year and re-entered the draft, he would be at best the fourth DT taken, and almost certainly fall out of the top 10.

  20. Hosstyle In Tampa says: Aug 11, 2009 11:00 PM

    Surfdog says: August 11, 2009 9:16 PM
    Dumbass move by Raji. This will set his entire NFL career behind. These rookie dorks can’t see past the first contract. Many never get offered another.
    =========================================
    The reason they hold out for more money, is precisely because “Many never get offered another.” If you had been pursuing a craft from the age of, say 10 years old, and after 11 years of hard work, you get your first payday….maybe you’re only….
    YOU’RE THE DUMBASS SURFDOG….Stay out of another man’s business….it’s guy code

  21. SEAYDOG says: Aug 11, 2009 11:53 PM

    I’D LIKE TO SEE (SOME) THESE ARROGANT, EGOTISTICAL PUNKS THAT THINK THEY ARE SO GREAT THAT THEY HOLD OUT TO MAKE A COUPLE MORE DOLLARS THAT THEY ARE INITALLY OFFERED (WHICH IS MILLIONS) , GO TO WORK AT A 10 DOLLAR AN HOUR JOB FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS LIKE ALOT OF THE POPULATION. THERE SHOULD BE A CAP FOR THE ROOKIES AND IT SHOULD HAVE HAPPENED YEARS AGO!!!!!

  22. employer says: Aug 12, 2009 12:22 AM

    PossibleCabbage
    Morphologically similar to a coke machine?
    Dude, you are one hii-larious mf.
    Good football head too.

  23. bbq says: Aug 12, 2009 12:34 AM

    OHbuckeyesIO said:
    “It isn’t Crabtree’s fault. It is Al Davis’ fault for overpaying for Heyward-Bey. Because of his being overpaid, every player around him in the draft think they should be paid more.”
    I can’t believe I’m defending the Oakland Raiders or their senile owner, but here goes…
    It’s Al Davis’s draft pick. That means he can do whatever he wants with it, and pay said pick however much he wants to. Heyward-Bey, althought most likely drafted way to high, has been in camp and getting ready for his rookie season this whole time.
    Where’s Crabtree? Where’s Raji?
    It’s not Davis’s fault because he’s willing to give his first rounder a contract that satisfies him and gets him to camp on time. It was affordable, so it’s good business.
    Also, you’re an idiot.

  24. jcbrewing says: Aug 12, 2009 2:33 AM

    Someone should tell these dorks its the NFL, stands for Not For Long and your ass won’t be long for it cause there is someone to take your job. So get your ass in camp and take more money than you ever imagined getting. Tell your agent to shut up and sign the damn contract.

  25. Garbanzo says: Aug 12, 2009 3:07 AM

    DT is a very hard position to just come in and do great at. It’s the second hardest position after WR. And this guy is going to be the NT in a 3-4. Glad to see this though. Everyone has said the Packers will bounce back this year (without any good reason) and this will help prevent that. It’ll be hard enough for them and now not having a true NT will hurt them, instead a 4-3 under prototype being forced into a position that relies on strength and not quickness will be in the roll and the Packers defense will suck yet again.

  26. longrodvanhungendong says: Aug 12, 2009 6:34 AM

    My expectations are getting lower by the day for this kid. It doesn’t sound like he is hungry to play football. Picking in the top 10 in the first round is a curse in the present system.

  27. Krow says: Aug 12, 2009 7:43 AM

    Cheeseburger… cheeseburgher… cheeseburgher.

  28. mixman34 says: Aug 12, 2009 9:21 AM

    HAHA!!!!! You couldn’t write it any better. What an Fn loser. Get into your stance and grunt you fat ass prima dona. Where’s the Packers idiots, lil ol Bobby, jimmy, and dewey?! Oh yeah they’re busy reading Vikings articles spewing venom about our picks while their fat ass first rounder is leaving Green Bay. This proves how out of touch and idiotic those morons are. HAHA!!! can’t make this stuff up.

  29. kovvboyzfan says: Aug 12, 2009 9:29 AM

    I think that it is awesome that so many are still holding out. As long as the owners dont cave in and give them the money that they want, the rookies (and their agents) will get what they deserve. And a note to Michelle Flabtree, ” Go ahead and re-enter the draft and see how small your contract will be with a new CBA that limits rookie contracts, you douche”.

  30. Philtration says: Aug 12, 2009 9:30 AM

    And Applebee’s closes its doors in mourning.

  31. descendency says: Aug 12, 2009 9:49 AM

    At least Ron Brace isn’t making the same mistake.

  32. jimicos says: Aug 12, 2009 9:51 AM

    Idle Hands says:
    August 11, 2009 9:38 PM
    Typical Packer idiot. Thinking he’s worth more than he actually is. Just like Javon Walker, Mike McKenzie and Ryan ‘one hit wonder’ Grant. I hope his career sinks just like the rest of those Packer losers after they complained about cash.
    —————————
    Nice try, but two out of three of those “Packer losers” were no longer Packers when they got paid.

  33. zygi milf says: Aug 12, 2009 9:51 AM

    I wonder why Bob Nelson hasn’t opined about this yet.
    Oh yeah, it’s not about the Vikings.
    I guess, Bob, it would be safe to say the Raji will not live in Green Bay during the offseason.
    I guess, Bob, it would be safe to say that the front office screwed this one up.
    I guess, Bob, it would be safe to say that it was a wasted draft pick by the Packers since he will be no help this year for at least 6 weeks after he signs.

  34. jimicos says: Aug 12, 2009 9:54 AM

    DanSnyder says:
    August 11, 2009 9:43 PM
    This is why people like to go to DC, orakpo was in camp by day two. He was picked 3 picks behind crabtree but they didnt wait at all.
    ————————–
    EVERYONE who was drafted after Crabtree has signed. That’s the way it works.. A lot of the guys drafted at the top wait for the ones drafted behind them to sign before they sign.. So Orakpo has no bearing on Raji or Crabtree. They were both drafted before Orakpo.

  35. jimicos says: Aug 12, 2009 9:56 AM

    Correction: Maybin’s the only one drafted after Crabtree who hasn’t signed. And he’s a pansy for blaming Crabtree. It’s greed, pure and simple. He doesn’t want to see Crabtree get a huge “top 5″ deal and miss out on it.

  36. Fan_Of_ Four says: Aug 12, 2009 9:58 AM

    Good thing the Packers have Justin Harrell to fill the void….huh, what do you mean he’s sitting out again for the third straight year not including his senior year in college.
    Another Ted Thompson brain fart. He drafts like old people fk.

  37. DCViking says: Aug 12, 2009 10:19 AM

    Zygi –
    I had the same thoughts this morning, but its not surprising that he doesn’t have the stones to comment on this topic.
    Any word on whether B.J. is speaking to the local media? Or has been actively providing community service to the Green Bay area???
    I mean, after all, even Percy Harvin is practicing now…

  38. DCViking says: Aug 12, 2009 10:23 AM

    jimicos –
    I think your missing the sarcasm (at least I hope it’s sarcasm) of DanSynder’s post — the Redskins have no problem signing anyone because their not afraid to overpay (or excessively overpay) the players they are interested in.

  39. purpleguy says: Aug 12, 2009 10:43 AM

    It’s hard to believe he’s missing all that much given his position.
    Then again, they can always slide in Harrell. Oh wait, his back is out again. Okay, then Jolly. Oops, he has a bad ankle and is waiting to go to jail for guzzling codine. How about Kampman? Nope, he’s now reshaped his body to be a LB. Jenkins maybe? Perhaps, if his boob muscle still works. Maybe they can pull Gilbert Brown away from that local restaurant after he polishes off his third Gilbert burger.

  40. Dewey Axewound says: Aug 12, 2009 10:55 AM

    mixman34 says:
    August 12, 2009 9:21 AM
    HAHA!!!!! You couldn’t write it any better. What an Fn loser. Get into your stance and grunt you fat ass prima dona.
    ________________________________
    I bet this exactly what you say to your boyfriend too, don’t you?
    Guess what, dumbass?
    Packers suck.
    But the Queens suck worse.
    And you suck whatever you can.

  41. duffsbeer says: Aug 12, 2009 12:16 PM

    Hosstyle, keep in the mind that the difference between what he is being offered now and what he wants is 10 to 15%. What he is risking is his entire first year of pay. Example- he want 5 million a year, they are offering 4 milion a year. After taxes etc. they are looking at $500,000 in take home difference per year. He holds out until the end of camp, gets his 5 million per year, has a poor camp, can’t catch up, has alienated fans and at end of year two is cut, he makes $10 million total. Or he holds out completely, misses the season, re-enters draft, gets picked in round 2 because of ‘attitude problems’ signs a three year contract for $500,000 a year.
    Or he could have signed for $4 million at beginning of camp, made two months of interest on his signing bonus, doesn’t piss of the fans, isn’t behind on learning the schemes, has the gratitude of management.
    When you are talking multimillions it becomes more an ego thing then actual financial acumen.
    The only NFL people who should hold out are those who have completely outperformed their contracts. Example would be Boldin who is a top 20 wideout in the NFL and doesn’t crack the top 50 WR’s in pay. Most teams 2nd WR get paid more then Boldin. A couple of teams have a third WR that gets paid more than him. That’s when you holdout or get a new agent.

  42. Qoojo says: Aug 12, 2009 1:22 PM

    I am not a TT hater, but I think this is all TT trying to save 2%-5%. You can tell by how the team is talking that it’s not the player’s fault this time.

  43. Tomb says: Aug 12, 2009 2:02 PM

    Spewing Asswound, I can’t wait to see your excuses when your pussy Cutler does NOT bring you to the promised land, and you get to watch the Vikings in the postseason.
    Vikings own the NFC North. Count on it.

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