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Report: Packers, Raji close to one-year deal

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Defensive end B.J. Raji reportedly turned down a contract offering him $8 million a year from the Packers last year and turned in his second straight season without a sack, leading some to believe that he’d finished his run in Green Bay.

That judgment appears to have been a bit premature. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Packers and Raji are close to agreeing to terms on a one-year deal that would keep Raji in Green Bay for the 2014 season.

While Raji hasn’t reached the open market yet, he likely has gotten some idea of what it would hold in store for him and re-signing with the Packers suggests that he thinks it could be better if he rebounds in 2014 before becoming a free agent. Raji played 30 games for the team over the last two seasons, but hasn’t flashed the pass rushing ability of earlier years and was part of a defense that’s disappointed in several places.

The Packers have talked a lot about turning that around and an overall improvement would do good things for Raji if he can play a driving role in making things better.

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26 Responses to “Report: Packers, Raji close to one-year deal”
  1. roadbiscuit says: Mar 6, 2014 7:34 AM

    Another hint that the Packers’ D may be going hybrid.

  2. theworkhorsebackdotcom says: Mar 6, 2014 7:55 AM

    Show me what you got what you got Raji

  3. longhairdontcare66 says: Mar 6, 2014 8:55 AM

    If he wants the big money he need to show he’s more than a run stuffer.

  4. sterlingrodgers says: Mar 6, 2014 9:06 AM

    He was invisible last season. Quite a feat for a man his size.

  5. packfntk says: Mar 6, 2014 9:10 AM

    Surprised, but if Raji is on a “prove it” deal, we could get a lot out of him this year.

  6. purpleforroyaltygreenandgoldforbugars says: Mar 6, 2014 9:32 AM

    This guy is no better than average.

  7. suckittrebek76 says: Mar 6, 2014 10:37 AM

    Wasn’t he supposed to be “betting on himself” last season. I say let him walk.

  8. reggiewhitewasoverratedandoverweight says: Mar 6, 2014 10:50 AM

    That should say “two” years without a sack.

  9. filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 6, 2014 10:51 AM

    Even average players get Superbowl rings with the Packers.

  10. voiceofrealism says: Mar 6, 2014 11:57 AM

    Raji seems to like to take plays off. He should sign with the Vikings and he’ll get a longer off season.

  11. longtimefanhtr says: Mar 6, 2014 12:14 PM

    I would have given the money to someone else like Shields.

  12. chris6523 says: Mar 6, 2014 12:42 PM

    Mediocre player at best. I hope he doesn’t end up getting more than maybe 2.5 to 3 million

  13. icebowler says: Mar 6, 2014 12:54 PM

    The packers are in a bind at the NT position. Pickett wasn’t nearly as effective there last year. There are no other veteran FA 3-4 NT’s available this year. I don’t think Josh Boyd is ready to start there full time. Unless we can get Nix in the 1st round of the draft, I think we need to switch Raji back to NT for one year.

  14. jgat12 says: Mar 6, 2014 1:05 PM

    He saw Clay Matthews mediocre play and figured he should receive the same kind of deal. Makes sense really!

  15. tyso4 says: Mar 6, 2014 1:07 PM

    I remember when alot of the packer fans and Chris Havel from 107.5 were trying to say that Raji was better then Suh.

  16. gobacktocheeseland says: Mar 6, 2014 1:11 PM

    I’ve heard he’s also close to finishing his second dozen donuts this morning

  17. sportsnut101 says: Mar 6, 2014 1:13 PM

    He turned down 1yr 8mill but now he doing 1yr deal prolly less so he lost money
    How much does he w an t

  18. reggiewhitewasoverratedandoverweight says: Mar 6, 2014 1:15 PM

    I didn’t realize he hasn’t had a sack in two years.

  19. crownofthehelmet says: Mar 6, 2014 1:18 PM

    How do you miss so bad on a top ten, first-round pick?

  20. petezjunior says: Mar 6, 2014 1:34 PM

    Just a couple years ago, this guy was heralded as one of the best IF NOT the best DT in the game. Damn, only a couple of years and things change…

  21. smchristensen says: Mar 6, 2014 1:50 PM

    4 mil for one year is still more than a lot of people will earn in their entire lifetime.

  22. aldante66 says: Mar 6, 2014 1:53 PM

    What a total waste of time. If you actually got to watch game film of this guy, his faced was being pushed into the ground all game long. Once the ball was snapped he was on his knee’s not bowing over a n olineman and making a play.
    A complete farse this guy. Pickett and Jolly did all the work, this fat a@# just collected the money.

  23. f1restarter says: Mar 6, 2014 2:10 PM

    As a Packers fan, I wish he’d go somewhere else.

    Once he got that Super Bowl ring, he developed a Viking-like attitude where he didn’t care about winning anymore, just getting paid.

    Let him go to Minnesota where he’d fit right in.

  24. longtimefanhtr says: Mar 6, 2014 2:39 PM

    This is going to be a one year rental with no return on investment.

  25. ariani1985 says: Mar 6, 2014 3:28 PM

    Worst run franchise of all sports

  26. deltaoracle says: Mar 6, 2014 3:44 PM

    Should have played with motivation this past season in his contract year but didn’t. Maybe events of the past few weeks will be enough to get the lights turned on again. Packers can use him as a two down player next season. If he wants more than that… it’s up to him.

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