June 12, 2012; Green Bay, WI, USA; Has Raji earned a new long-term deal?

Matthews, Rodgers deals done; all quiet on the B.J. Raji front

B.J. Raji has sat by quietly – until now.

With long term deals completed for Clay Matthews and Aaron Rodgers, the proverbial “cores” of the offense and defense are now secured for the next handful of years.

While both Matthews and Rodgers are now the highest paid in the league at their respective positions, B.J. Raji would seem to be next in line to receive a new deal.

To this point, however, all has been quiet on the Raji front.

Some fans have gone so far to say he should only be brought back on a single-year deal. Others feel he has earned a long-term deal. Some have even questioned whether he’ll be brought back. Personally, I think much of this decision lies in which direction Mike McCarthy wants to go with the defense.

It’s fair to say Dom Capers will certainly be under the microscope this year after his defensive unit gave up as much yardage as they did last year. I hate to go as far as to say last year’s defensive efforts were defined by one playoff loss but McCarthy emphasized just how much yardage they gave up to San Francisco and even went as far as to say they wouldn’t forget that number.

Could this be Capers’ last year at the defensive helm?

Will Capers be under the microscope this year? Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Aside from the defensive coordinator himself, I think looking at the scheme goes a long way. For the past few years now, the team has drafted based on the 3-4 scheme. Raji was drafted based on this move when the defense converted to the 3-4 from the 4-3.

Raji’s play (for the most part) has warranted some type of deal, but how much, and for how long? He’s made a Pro Bowl and won a title, yet for the most part he has held his own but hasn’t been the impact player that warranted the ninth overall pick.

Granted I will say in the same token a nose tackle position isn’t exactly a flashy impact position in its own right, but  I get the feeling the Packers expected a little more from Raji. This particular topic is certainly an intriguing one and time will tell whether or not Raji has earned a new deal.

I know there are may opinions out there on this one, Packers Nation, so let’s hear ‘em.

Could the defense survive without Raji? Has he earned a long-term deal?

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