The Green Bay Packers have decided to take one last stab at signing nose tackle B.J. Raji before the former first round draft pick enters free agency.
Green Bay has reportedly offered the five-year player a one-year contract worth $4 million. At this point, Raji should just accept the deal. The reason for that is because his agent and he both know that the assumed contract they both thought he would get this offseason doesn’t exist.
The fact is Raji’s career has taken a bit of a nosedive since his breakout 2010 season and stellar performance in 2011. He hasn’t recorded a sack, forced fumble or a fumble recovery in the past two seasons. Not to mention, he posted only 17 total tackles in 16 games in 2013. That’s barely one tackle per contest. Raji plays a position that needs to get after the quarterback, create turnovers or clog the middle in the run game. Since he’s been unable to do that since 2011, there’s no need for an organization to pay him the money that he’s hopeful to get.
Packers’ fans may remember that Green Bay offered Raji a long-term deal prior to the 2013 season that would have paid him $8 million per year. Obviously, it was a massive mistake on the part of Raji to not accept what would have been a grossly overpaid contract.
At this point, the one-year deal is a good bargain for the Packers because they will get a quality player who has proven to be a difference maker on a cheap contract. Along with that, Raji has to be somewhat satisfied that the Packers are willing to offer him something instead of just letting him test the open market. Not to mention, the contract will give Raji a chance to prove his worth so that he can get paid in 2015.