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Report: B.J. Raji Intends To Sign Packers’ One-Year Offer

Update:

Jason Wilde of ESPN Wisconsin reports that the free agent DL B.J. Raji intends to sign the Packers’ one-year offer worth $4.5 million by Friday.

  • Wilde adds that the Packers’ offer includes incentives that could push the total value of the offer $6.5 million.
  • Wilde also confirms that the Packers did make Raji a contract offer that would have paid him $8 million annually, but elected to pull the offer later in the season.

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 is heading into free agency.

We have him listed as the No. 41 player in our Top 50 Free Agents list.

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ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Green Bay Packers and free agent DL B.J. Raji are “close” to completing a one-year deal.

  • Ian Rapoport adds that Raji could still shop himself around now that he could be forced to settle for a one-year contract.
    • Rapoport adds that Raji would likely move back to nose tackle for the Packers next year, if they offer ends up being the best deal available.
    • Rapoport mentions that the Packers haven’t made Raji an offer yet. (Update)
  • Bob McGinn reports that the Packers have made Raji one and two-year contract offers.
    • McGinn adds that the Packers are offering a one-year deal at $4 million.

It appeared as though Raji would be playing for a new team at the start of the 2014 season, but it looks like there is at least a chance he’ll get another shot to rebuild his value before trying to secure a long-term contract next year. This is, of course, assuming that Schefter’s report is accurate.