The Green Bay Packers are reportedly closing in on a one-year deal with free-agent-to-be and defensive lineman B.J. Raji. This news came according to Adam Schefter at ESPN and via Jason Wilde at ESPN Milwaukee:
This news comes as a bit of a surprise to some, as the talk about Raji seemed to center around his wanting to possibly play in a different type of defense. There was also talk about the Packers wanting to get more athletic on the defensive line, something that may not bode well for a lineman tipping the scales at close to 340 pounds.
No figures have been announced or released yet, but the fact that Raji would be taking a one-year deal in Green Bay versus testing the free agent market likely signals that he may not have felt that he would receive the type of offer he wanted.
Statistically speaking, Raji had one of his poorest seasons in 2013, tallying just 17 tackles and only three for a loss of yardage.
Another signal of this potential Raji deal could be the Packers intentions early in May’s draft. With Raji returning, there would seem to be less chance that the Packers would be looking at a defensive lineman in round one. Anything is possible under Ted so don’t rule it out, but it would at least appear that Green Bay has their eyes on another position early on.
— Jason Wilde (@jasonjwilde) March 6, 2014
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