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.