According to a report from Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Green Bay Packers are close to re-signing defensive lineman B.J. Raji to a one-year deal.
Raji is a big name, but his numbers over the course of the last two years do little to suggest it’s really warranted. He’s gone two straight seasons without recording a sack, and the Packers’ pass-rush has been sorely lacking during that stretch.
Last year, he reportedly turned down an offer from the Packers that would’ve paid him $8M annually, but likely didn’t do enough during the season to put himself in a position to be commanding more as a free agent. His contract officially expires March 11.
Perhaps Raji saw the writing on the wall and realized making a foray into the open market may not end too well for him. Re-upping with Green Bay for a year will give him the chance to rebuild his stock to potentially dip into the free agency waters come 2015.
No monetary figures have come out yet, but we’ll keep you posted.
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