B.J. Raji Signed that One-Year Deal After All

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B.J. Raji

B.J. Raji

B.J. Raji went and tested the market after the Green Bay Packers offered him a one-year, $4 million deal just before free agency opened. Ultimately, he found what we expected he’d find — jack shit — and came back and signed the very same offer on Friday.

One year, $4 million.

Raji was not in demand on the open market. The only team other than the Packers to show any interest was the Oakland Raiders, who are helmed by former Packers exec Reggie McKenzie.

And that’s no surprise to anyone except maybe Raji and his agent. Raji had a turd of a season in 2013, with just 19 tackles and no sacks for the second consecutive season. We’d argue that Raji hasn’t played well since 2010. Certainly not up to the level of a No. 9 overall draft pick, which he is.

And this tool turned down $8 million annually from the Packers during the season. All that fat must have gone from his ass to his head.

Maybe if the Packers move Raji back to nose tackle, his production will improve. It really couldn’t get much worse. Ryan Pickett played the nose last season and Raji played defensive end. Pickett is also a free agent and his days in green and gold look like they’re over.

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Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.

14 Comments on "B.J. Raji Signed that One-Year Deal After All"

  1. TyKo Steamboat

    Sadly in this “Defense” you need a big NT for an effective 3-4

    1-year deal…everyone wins. It’s a “show me” contract so Raji has to play well because money is obviously what matters to him if he will turn-down an 8$ Mill. deal.

  2. Sean

    Wow… what a dumbass turning down 8 million a year with who knows how much guaranteed. That being said he was really good as a one gap DT. They never should have moved him to DE.

  3. Savage57

    Great. This is just fucking great.

    We get the human blob for $4MM a year, but can’t pony up $3.625MM for EDS.


  4. Skinny

    I have good news and bad news, the good news is we have our defense back, the bad news is we have our defense back.

  5. Iltarion

    $4 M is less than Pickett was making last season. So, this frees up some money at that position.

    A one year deal should mean Raji is motivated. You give him a one year shot at his best position. He still has the ideal size and quickness for that position.

    I would have been fine with him being let go, but like Finley two years ago, a short contract for a reasonable amount is acceptable.

  6. GBslacker

    Still don’t understand why they moved him from NT to DE.

    This quickness I’ve heard mentioned — I just don’t see it anymore.

    In a prove-it year, he stunk up the joint; I don’t trust this guy with a long-term contract — especially as he gets closer to 30.

  7. Matt

    Why are all these people happy he will be motivated by a one year deal. Was he not motivated last year in a contract year? He’s done. He should enjoy his last NFL contract.

    • Iltarion

      If he was offered money the year before, then it is quite possible he didn’t think he needed to play that well to get a decent contract.

      This should have been a sobering experience for him.

      Or maybe not. We shall see.

    • Phatgzus

      The definition to which you allude is but one man’s definition; yes he was a brilliant man but he was not renowned for his philosophizing or psychoanalysis. You’re also taking his connotation out of context and misapprehending the intricacies of this event.

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