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Packers to wait on new contract for B.J. Raji

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The Green Bay Packers have managed to take care of two of the cornerstone pieces this offseason with extensions for quarterback Aaron Rodgers and linebacker Clay Matthews.

Defensive tackle B.J. Raji is one of the next in-line for a new contract from the Packers. However, it appears as though Raji is going to have to prove to the Packers one more time that he’s worth it. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Packers are tabling talks of a long-term contract with Raji. Instead, the team will let him play out the final year of his rookie contract before making a decision on whether to give him a big deal.

Raji has stated his desire to remain with the Packers and he’s the only top 10 pick from the 2009 NFL Draft to be selected to the Pro Bowl. His best season with the team came in 2010 when he posted 39 tackles and 6.5 sacks. The Packers are making some minor tweaks to their defensive scheme in hopes of Raji returning to his Pro Bowl form.

If Raji can piece together another season like that this year, he’ll ultimately get the contract he’s seeking whether it’s from the Packers or another team.

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19 Responses to “Packers to wait on new contract for B.J. Raji”
  1. backwardpack says: Jun 4, 2013 3:56 AM

    Guy can be a beast at times and still great in a 3-4 but he looks like he’s gotten too comfortable. Show some more of that 2010 grit and he’s got the big contract.

  2. dkrause71 says: Jun 4, 2013 3:59 AM

    I believe he is set to make almost 7M this season, so i don’t blame the Packers for waiting and seeing what they get out of him the first half of the season at minimum. For 7M you better be a consistent all-pro level player and Raji just hasn’t been that consistently good.

  3. mcba1n says: Jun 4, 2013 4:47 AM

    BJ gave the Packers really no choice in the matter. He had 1 brilliant season and hasn’t really brought that productivity nor effort since. Guy has amazing talent and can be elite – this being a contract year, hopefully he can regain whatever it was he was doing earlier in his career that made him such a promising prospect and top lineman in the league.

    I don’t think he’ll be a Packer after this year, sadly.

  4. 28for20 says: Jun 4, 2013 5:13 AM

    It’ll be for another team. I think he will realize that this team is fast turning into moldy cheese.

  5. gpack22 says: Jun 4, 2013 7:17 AM

    Good. He’s been living off that Pick 6 against ‘Da Bears’ in the NFC Championship game. While he can be a disruptive force, he’s way too inconsistent and needs to be pushed. Thought all along he may be the one who ends up elsewhere.

  6. Shinnbone says: Jun 4, 2013 7:32 AM

    Better be real careful with this guys next contract, he really had ONE memorable game against the Bears in the Super Bowl season, other then that there are about 25 other BJ Raji’s in the league…..average at best.

  7. braven4evr says: Jun 4, 2013 7:43 AM

    This guy is a beast.

  8. irishgary says: Jun 4, 2013 8:34 AM

    Another great move by TT & Co.

    Raji has underperformed and needs to be motivated, a contract year will do it, and I’m not really sure they want to resign him. Even coming out of BC he was noted as lazy.

  9. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Jun 4, 2013 9:28 AM

    He’s in the prime of his career and they’re not sure if they want to offer him a contract? I guess he isn’t as good as I’ve been told.

  10. unbiasfan says: Jun 4, 2013 10:14 AM

    I don’t believe there will be a “discount-double check” for B.J. Raji’s new contract

  11. shaggytoodle says: Jun 4, 2013 10:35 AM

    I think if they want him to go to back to that SB year form, they need to make a few moves to make it happen.

    I believe he was playing DE in the 3-4 that year, and with Cullen Jenkins on the other side, and Matthews breaking out. It was really hard for teams to handle that.

    DTs in 3-4s normally don’t pile up the stats.

  12. ronin36 says: Jun 4, 2013 10:44 AM

    The Packers usaually leave a few million under the cap to spend during the year.

    In case they need to add somebody to replace somebody that’s injured.

    Then during the latter parts of the year, they sign guys to longer contracts.

    I suspect they’ll resign Raji later on in the season, like October/November time-frame.

  13. ponderthedumpoffking says: Jun 4, 2013 11:21 AM

    Whats great about Vikings fans: they say that the packers defense is horrible and they didn’t address it in the draft. They add that even though we drafted a defender we can’t count on a rookie to help.

    What do they ignore? The Vikings defense was far worse tha. The packers, and the yikes are counting on draft picks to pick up the pace.

    Jared is on the decline, the secondary is one of the worst in the NFL.

    The Packers have the best player at the most important position, and will make the Vikes defense look like pop Warner, yet again.

    The end.

  14. Frazier28/7 says: Jun 4, 2013 12:28 PM

    love the pic.

    Hey guys! Adrian ran that way!

  15. immafubared says: Jun 4, 2013 1:20 PM

    I thought he totally sucked last year. He played low to the ground and O linemen would just push on his back and send him into the dirt. He was out of shape and did nothing basically.
    Out of three years, his first was very good and he has been playing on his laurels from that year.
    The ball is in his court as they say. He either accepts the fact he better step it up or he can find a job somewhere else.

  16. axespray says: Jun 4, 2013 1:40 PM

    He’s a nose tackle, right?
    How is he gonna be noticeable or pile up stats when he’s eating double teams?

    I’m not sure how to rate Nose tackles, but I know Steeler fans probably knew enough not to throw a tantrum whenever Casey Hampton went a few months without a sack or fancy stats.

  17. ponderthedumpoffking says: Jun 4, 2013 1:44 PM

    I thought he totally sucked last year. He played low to the ground and O linemen would just push on his back and send him into the dirt. He was out of shape and did nothing basically.
    Out of three years, his first was very good and he has been playing on his laurels from that year.
    The ball is in his court as they say. He either accepts the fact he better step it up or he can find a job somewhere else.

    I’m sorry. You have no credence. You think every team plays 17 games.

  18. GenXJay says: Jun 4, 2013 4:52 PM

    There’s not a enough cheese for a mouse on TT’s budget in 2013.
    Keep stringing ‘em along GB brass. sooner or later 1of the players will cause contract headaches.
    But, @least ShAaron & that blonde chick are locked up. Heaven forbid any injury happens.

  19. dougiequaid says: Jun 11, 2013 3:52 AM

    I just hope he does not find a way to return to his 2010 form long enough to get a big contract only to go back to slump mode after.

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