Here’s what Rapoport tweeted this evening:
— NFL: AroundTheLeague (@NFL_ATL) June 3, 2013
On the heels of the recent signings of quarterback Aaron Rodgers and linebacker Clay Matthews III, it was believed that Raji was in line for his share of the pie and a lucrative contract that would keep him in Green and Gold for years to come.
However, this news as reported by Rapoport indicates the Packers are willing to play the waiting game with Raji and make him earn a new contract. The inconsistent Raji ended last season with a series of solid performances, but he was a non-factor much of the past two seasons after his breakout year in helping the Packers win Super Bowl XLV.
Raji, who is said to be in great shape heading into 2013, recently said he hoped he would be signed before this upcoming season, but that doesn’t appear to be the case.
The Packers are taking a risk with this move. Should Raji have a crazy successful year, he could easily jump into the free agent market next February and draw great interest. But apparently that’s the risk the Packers are willing to take at this point.