Thursday, March 06, 2014

ESPN Reports Packers To Re-Sign B.J. Raji

As Rod Demovsky notes in his ESPN article, B.J. Raji's agent has certainly been working for weeks to determine his client's worth. If he does sign a one-year deal with the Green Bay Packers, then the news must have been discouraging.
I've really been down on Raji for the past few months, and I couldn't even come up with a good reason to re-sign him. I was ready to let him walk. Having said that, if Raji is willing to accept a reported one-year deal for $4 million, there is absolutely no harm in giving it to him.

A one-year deal would only take up part of their massive 2014 salary cap space, and it comes with no risk of dead money in the future, if he's released, even with a $4 million price tag (which probably won't be fully guaranteed anyway).

He won't make the defense better on his own, but when the defensive unit as a whole played better during the 2012 season, Raji's play improved. A return to nose tackle would indicate that the Packers have officially given up on him as a pass rusher, he hasn't been getting after the QB since September 2011, but they do need someone other than just Josh Boyd to man the position next season.

I'm not expecting Raji to turn his career around at this point, but at this price, it's worth it to keep him around in 2014 to see if he can do it.

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