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Report: Packers offer to Raji was one year for $4 million

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If Packers defensive lineman B.J. Raji ends up taking the one-year deal he’s reportedly close accepting, it will go down as one of the worst cases in recent memory of a player overestimating his market.

According to Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the Packers had offered Raji both one- and two-year deals in an effort to keep him, with the one-year version coming in at $4 million.

While that gives him the chance to prove himself and re-enter the market, it’s also well off the long-term deal the Packers offered, which was worth $8 million a year, with $20 million in guarantees.

Of course, depending on the way they use Raji, it might pay off down the road.

Head coach Mike McCarthy is beginning to assert himself a bit more on the defensive side of the ball, and if he uses Raji as more of a traditional nose tackle, it might give him more of a chance to look good in time for the next contract.

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13 Responses to “Report: Packers offer to Raji was one year for $4 million”
  1. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 6, 2014 10:24 AM

    One of the most overrated players on the PFT 100 FA list. Only 4 spots behind TJ Ward? Sure would like to see an analysis of these rankings on one of the shows that summarizes how the order was generated.

  2. diveleft says: Mar 6, 2014 10:29 AM

    So he turned down $8 million last year and now he going to accept $4 million this year?

  3. filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 6, 2014 10:44 AM

    I’m sure he Raji would rather stay in Green Bay because the Packers will contend again this year for a NFL record 14th World Championship.

  4. zoellner25 says: Mar 6, 2014 11:02 AM

    Raji was terrible last year, thus the pay cut. nobody would give him 8M again this year, and he knows it.

  5. sewalters79 says: Mar 6, 2014 11:39 AM

    TJ Ward is a stud!

  6. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Mar 6, 2014 1:15 PM

    That’s still too much.

  7. denverdude7 says: Mar 6, 2014 1:26 PM

    Walk away BJ. Wow, what an insult.

  8. bobman2 says: Mar 6, 2014 1:50 PM

    Not sure why he was off last year, but I assume he’s still better than anybody the Colts have, and at $4M, with a similar chance to contend each year…. he’s look svelte in blue.

  9. axespray says: Mar 6, 2014 4:20 PM

    I’d rather we use that cash on Sam Shields or go pick up Paul Soliai or anyone that’s better than an ineffective cardboard cutout of a Nosetackle.

  10. daviericky says: Mar 6, 2014 4:44 PM

    How’s that discount double check treating you Raji?

  11. frellmedead7 says: Mar 7, 2014 2:35 PM

    One of the knocks on Raji was that he was lazy and took off plays. This past season, the tiger showed its stripes and didn’t make plays. Glad they saw it before giving him a fat contract instead of after.

  12. frellmedead7 says: Mar 7, 2014 2:35 PM

    Take the money they would have wasted on Raji and go get Byrd to plug the gaping hole at the safety position.

  13. evilfrasiercrane says: Mar 7, 2014 11:00 PM

    So maybe he asked James Harrison for advise. If you remember, Harrison turned down 4 mil from Pittsburgh and took 1 mil from Cinny. Go figure!

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