B.J. Raji signed a single-year, $4 million contract with the Packers today. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Report: Packers will make B.J. Raji play out contract


Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweeted tonight that the Green Bay Packers are going to allow B.J. Raji play out his contract this season.

Here’s what Rapoport tweeted this evening:


 

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.

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  • Iconoclast17

    The media and bloggers have been singing this ‘Raji is in the same class as AR and CM 3′ song for years. It’s almost as if they think Raji is ENTITLED to a massive payday, no matter how well he’s played on the field. Well, they couldn’t have been more wrong. Let’s take a look: Raji has had exactly one good year out of 4—2010. By 2012, Raji was putting up numbers like ZERO sacks (CJ Wilson had 3) and only 26 total tackles (Pickett had 50). So, there you have it. Raji is already making $6.5 million a year, for now the 5th straight year. He’s not very motivated as it is, and has been coasting since 2010. Is it any wonder the Packers are going to make Raji EARN that extension? Very wise decision.