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Packers & Panthers Among A Few Teams With Interest In DT B.J. Raji

David Newton of ESPN reports that the Panthers are interested in free agent DT B.J. Raji along with Paul Soliai, who visited with the team this past weekend.

According to Bill Huber of the Packer Report, Green Bay is among a few teams with interest in Raji at this point in time.

Huber mentions that the Packers “badly” need Raji to return, given that DT Mike Pennel received a suspension from the league, and they currently have just Mike Daniels, Letroy Guion and Datone Jones in their base set.

Raji’s agent, Brian Murphy, previously mentioned that there was “mutual interest” in getting a contract extension done with the Packers.

B.J. likes everyone in Green Bay, and everyone there likes him,” Murphy said Thursday. “Usually when that happens, you have a chance to get something done.

Murphy added that Raji would like to spend his entire career in Green Bay and later take a position in their front office.

“B.J.’s a guy who’d love to spend his entire career with the same organization and then eventually go to work in their front office,” Murphy said.

Raji, 29, is a former first-round pick of the Packers back in 2009. He wound up returning to the Packers on a one-year contract last year, so it’s likely he’s looking for a multi-year agreement as an unrestricted free agent this time around.

In 2015, Raji appeared in 15 games for the Packers and recorded 22 tackles, a half sack and two pass defenses. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 97 interior defensive lineman out of 123 qualifying players.

We have him featured in our Top 2016 Free Agents list.