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Packers Not Ruling Out Re-Signing DL B.J. Raji & Ryan Pickett

According to Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Packers haven’t ruled out the possibility of re-signing defensive linemen B.J. Raji and Ryan Pickett.

  • McGinn adds that Green Bay would most likely only be willing to retain Raji at a moderate salary.
  • As for Pickett, McGinn writes that he could secure “surprisingly lucrative one- or two-year contract offers.”

The Packers will also need to make decisions regarding free agent DL C.J. Wilson and Johnny Jolly as well.

We’re looking to sign those guys back but we’ll see what happens,” HC Mike McCarthy said at the combine. “Those decisions, a lot of those will be financial. That’s really not practical to keep them all.

“I think [Pickett] has a little bit left,” said McCarthy. “This has really been the healthiest he’s been. He’s done a good job taking care of himself.

Raji, 27, reportedly turned down a contract extension that would have paid him $8 million annually last year. He hasn’t record a single sack since 2011, although that could have something to do with the Packers approach towards their defensive linemen. Even so, it’s not a very marketable stat for a guy who will be looking for a long-term contract in the coming months.

Pickett, 34, was one of the only free agent acquisitions from Packers GM Ted Thompson during his tenure in Green Bay. He previously mentioned that the team hasn’t talked with him about the possibility of re-signing, but that can of course change in the coming weeks.

We have Raji listed as the No. 50 player in our Top 50 Free Agents list.


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