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Report: B.J. Raji “gauging value” on market


After reportedly receiving one- and two-year contract offers from the Packers, you couldn’t blame defensive lineman B.J. Raji if he wanted to check his options elsewhere.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, that’s exactly what Raji is doing. Raji intends to see what other teams might be willing to offer, Rapoport reported Saturday.

The question now is whether the 27-year-old Raji can garner a more enticing deal from another club. For Raji, compensation and how he will be utilized in a defensive scheme figure to be factors in his decision-making process. The latter point could be especially important relative to his playing future and his future earning power, especially if he garners just a short-term deal now. If Raji takes a one-year deal, he must be confident he will be utilized in a manner that best suits his skills.

It will be interesting to see if any teams gamble on Raji recapturing his best form. Three seasons ago, he notched 6.5 sacks for a Super Bowl-winning team. Moreover, he was a first-round pick just five years ago. Perhaps there’s a team that rolls the dice and comes up a winner, a la Denver with defensive tackle Terrance Knighton last March.

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  1. thepftpoet says: Mar 8, 2014 2:45 PM

    The Vikings roster is better than the Packers in almost every single position.


    Better RB’s – Vikings
    Better WR’s – Tied
    Better Offense Line – Vikings
    Better Tight Ends – Vikings
    Better Full Back – Vikings
    Better QB – Packers

    Now Defense:

    Better Safeties – Vikings
    Better Linebackers – Vikings
    Better Cornerbacks – Packers
    Better Defensive Ends – Vikings
    Better Def. Tackles – Vikings

    The Vikings are better in every category except 2, therefore making us a more talented roster…

    Case Closed ( )

  2. mcmeen0576 says: Mar 8, 2014 2:46 PM

    The winner of free agency will be the 4-3 team that signs this guy. Difference maker next to a quick 3-technique. Dallas, Chicago, or Tampa Bay is my guess.

  3. pigbenis69 says: Mar 8, 2014 2:48 PM

    He should stick with the Packers if he’s signing a 1 year deal. Better the devil you know than the devil you don’t.

    I would love to see him at NT for the Eagles, but I think that job belongs to Bennie Logan next year.

    He’s probably just trying to inflate that 1 year salary he gets from GB by seeing what other teams would pay him on a 1 or 2 year deal.

  4. conormacleod says: Mar 8, 2014 2:56 PM

    Good luck. He played average, at best, on a team that was horrible on defense.

  5. thevikesarebest says: Mar 8, 2014 2:58 PM

    He knows the packers are laughable.

  6. haraldsigurdson says: Mar 8, 2014 2:59 PM

    I’ve never been impressed with Raji. He’s no Pat Williams or Vince Wilfork.

  7. realnflmaster says: Mar 8, 2014 3:02 PM

    I feel bad for Vikings fans, envious of gods team, the New York JETS.

  8. timcast12 says: Mar 8, 2014 3:02 PM

    Yet the Packers are still better

  9. longtimefanhtr says: Mar 8, 2014 3:05 PM

    If someone pays Raji more than what the Packers have offered…then they’ve overpaid. He did nothing in a contract year to justify him getting more than $4 million.

  10. cutlers05 says: Mar 8, 2014 3:05 PM

    Would love to see this dude in a Tampa uniform next year. Him and McCoy together would be dominance.

  11. shaggytoodle says: Mar 8, 2014 3:08 PM

    The vikings wr core is nothing compared to GB, but evem if all those things are true.

    The Packers are still a better team, as they have made the playoff constantly and owned the Vikings in the series the last couple of years.

  12. filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 8, 2014 3:12 PM

    His Packer Superbowl pedigree might very well net him more money elsewhere.

  13. gbjax says: Mar 8, 2014 3:27 PM

    Hard to have a better record consistently without a more talented roster! GB> Vikings

  14. doall24 says: Mar 8, 2014 3:36 PM

    how many minnesota vikings does it take to change a tire? one, unless it’s a blowout, then they all show up! SKOL

  15. deltaoracle says: Mar 8, 2014 3:51 PM

    Well good luck to him, but based on the last couple of years, the GB offer is more than generous.

  16. f1restarter says: Mar 8, 2014 3:54 PM

    Nobody is more delusional than Vikings fans. They claim their team is better at nearly every position, yet they finish in last place while the Packers finish first despite being decimated by injuries.

    They claim the Packers have lost in the first round of the playoffs five years in a row, completely forgetting a certain Super Bowl championship three years ago as well as a beatdown of the purple-clad losers two years ago.

    Now, they’re so desperate to be associated with greatness that they actually believe they won a championship in 1969, despite finishing second that year. Apparently being runner-up counts as a win with these fools.

    The Vikings are a pathetic franchise. Period. Deal with it, purple morons. Come support a real team, with real championships and with fans that know something about football.

    Put on that cheesehead, Vikings fans. Deep down, you know you want to.

  17. thenordicthunder says: Mar 8, 2014 4:14 PM

    “The Vikings are a pathetic franchise. Period. Deal with it, purple morons. Come support a real team, with real championships and with fans that know something about football.”

    Then maybe the fans can figure out how to beat the Niners and/or escape the first round of the playoffs.

  18. ariani1985 says: Mar 8, 2014 4:15 PM

    Personally, I can’t make fun of this anymore, good day.

  19. iluvbears says: Mar 8, 2014 4:19 PM

    It will be sweet watching the Packers dwell at the bottom of the conference standings next season.

  20. donnymacjack says: Mar 8, 2014 4:53 PM


  21. The Almighty Cabbage says: Mar 8, 2014 4:53 PM

    iluvbears says:
    Mar 8, 2014 4:19 PM

    It will be sweet watching the Packers dwell at the bottom of the conference standings next season.

    It’s already sweet that Bear fans talk all kinds of smack in the off season, year after year. Then the Packers finish ahead of the Bears, year after year.

    And please, go ahead and tell me about 1985, one more time.

  22. atthemurph says: Mar 8, 2014 5:15 PM

    thepftpoet says:
    Mar 8, 2014 2:45 PM
    The Vikings roster is better than the Packers in almost every single position.

    Good lord, it’s the annual MN is the best team in the division on paper exclamation before a game is played and before all good mud-ducks scurry back into their subterranean huts.

    Give it a rest. After 53 seasons of “winning” the off season and taking home the only title the vikings have ever owned – off-season paper champs – one would think that the stale stench of loserdom might loosen it’ grip, but it clings to the franchise and it’s pathetic fans like a second coat of paint.

  23. randallwoodfield says: Mar 8, 2014 5:27 PM

    “Put on that cheesehead, Vikings fans. Deep down, you know you want to.”

    I didn’t know that was something you could “put on”. I just figured it was Wisconsinite’s cheez whiz brains leaking out of their sieve like skulls.

  24. gbmickey says: Mar 8, 2014 5:30 PM

    I love how the Viking trolls love to hang on any Packer article trying to talk tough and make themselves seem relevant. The queens have 1, yes 1 win out of the last 9 against GB. You are like little brother trying to hang with the big boys until big brother slaps you upside the head and says to go play with your own friends which in the Vikings case would be a team from the CFL.
    Embrace The Suck!

  25. freethrowtommy says: Mar 8, 2014 5:34 PM

    “Then maybe the fans can figure out how to beat the Niners and/or escape the first round of the playoffs.”

    Let us know when the Vikings actually get there…

  26. spliff219 says: Mar 8, 2014 5:40 PM

    Im a die hard bears fan and i dont care what the vikings do in FA. They suck. And for the record, the Packers are a way better football team.

  27. dethrone408 says: Mar 8, 2014 5:57 PM

    He”ll get a 3-year deal from the Raiders!!!!

  28. axespray says: Mar 8, 2014 6:07 PM

    His only good season came when offenses were more worried about Clay/Cullen/Bishop/Woodson blitzing from any direction.

  29. ariani1985 says: Mar 8, 2014 6:09 PM

    Is there any chance they let green bay high play defense during games? Seriously, can the lovable losers get any worse?

  30. nyneal says: Mar 8, 2014 6:17 PM

    I laughed out loud at pftpoet’s comparison of the Packers and Vikings roster.
    It wouldn’t matter if the Vikings had the best roster ever assembled. They’d still find a way to shoot themselves in the foot.
    Who won the NFC North last year (again), pftpoet?
    Man, some Vikings fans are just plain lame, there’s no other way to describe them.
    Thirteen championships makes the Packers the winningest franchise in NFL history.
    In 43 years, the Vikings have won exactly zero championships. Even when they did get to the Super Bowl, they embarrased themselves.
    So — memo to pftpoet and all other Vikings fans. Talk is cheap. When the Vikings prove it on the field, you can crow all you want. But don’t hold your breath.

  31. longtimefanhtr says: Mar 8, 2014 6:18 PM

    @thepftpoet…and the Super Bowl tally is….drum roll please..4-0.

  32. filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 8, 2014 6:32 PM

    As the late, great Bud Grant once famously said, “Viking fans are small (figuratively) people, living small lives, beneath the giant shadow of the Green Bay Packers.”

  33. judsonjr says: Mar 8, 2014 6:42 PM

    One of Raji’s problems is that his 2010 stats came when he was playing almost all snaps on defense. There were games where the Packers were so short on the D-line that the played offensive lineman at DT in goalline packages.

    He also had 4 of his 10 career sacks in a 4 game stretch, including 2 against a Pats team that was playing reserve lineman.

    On the flip side, he could probably do some damage with some more athletic players next to him on the line. Outside of 2010, his tenure in GB has pretty much been either:

    3-4 with three 350 lb run stuffers
    2-4-5 (1st/2nd down) with two 350 lb run stuffers
    2-4-5 (3rd and long) he’s on the sideline

  34. wafflestomp says: Mar 8, 2014 6:55 PM

    Cheeseheads > Pigtails

  35. randallwoodfield says: Mar 8, 2014 7:00 PM

    Filthy, the only thing you got right is Bud Grant being great. He’s still alive, no matter how much you wish he wasn’t. You keep regurgitating the same crap over and over in all of your posts, can’t you ever think of anything original? I’m willing to bet it’s not even one of his quotes, I’ll have to google it some day, when I really care to find out.

  36. tonyc920 says: Mar 8, 2014 7:02 PM

    I’m a GB resident, love the Pack. If B.J. wants to walk I’m OK with that. The lack of effort or ability he showed not only this past year but the later part of 2012, it looked bad at times. We could do better looking to replace him in FA.
    Adios B.J. Great character guy, I wish him luck.

  37. aldante66 says: Mar 8, 2014 7:08 PM

    Here’s the deal and one big problemo for the Packers. Ted T is now notoriously known by all the agents and players as a cheapskate. His players are getting screwed by low ball offers and most are testing free agency.
    Free agents are not interested in talking to the Pack because their own agents are telling them to expect nothing from Ted.
    Now, do you want to get drafted by this guy. Hell no, in a couple years your going to be let go after you busted your butt.
    Ted let Wells and Jenkins but all pro players walk because he didn’t want to pay what they’re worth.
    Notice so far no activity on this part in free agency.
    The org is trying to get their players to resign on the cheap: Raji, Findley, Jones, Kuhn, Neal, and they are balking.

  38. indycheezhed says: Mar 8, 2014 9:42 PM

    Aldanta66, they offered Raji 8 million and he turned it down, that would have paid him superstar money and he’s only average. Aaron Rodgers is the highest paid qb in the league. They offered Jennings 11 million a year and he turned it down only to make 9 million with the Vikings, I’m sure he’s having the time of his life there. Teds not a cheapskate he just doesn’t over pay someone that’s how you don’t get into salary cap hell. Next time have a clue before you post.

  39. indycheezhed says: Mar 8, 2014 9:47 PM

    And by the way they just paid Shields 39 million a year…doesn’t sound to cheap to me.

  40. vikescry1 says: Mar 9, 2014 10:26 PM

    No activity ?? They signed sam shields yesterday… and Ted t has paid plenty of players he just doesn’t overpay. He leaves that to the vikings.

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