B.J. Raji: Back with the Packers

After a bit of worry from most Green Bay Packers fans who have survived very little news by the Packers in free agency (though we should honestly have known by now), something today broke for the better.

B.J. Raji will be signing a one-year, $4 million deal to stay in Green Bay.

Thank goodness.

Complete financial terms of the deal were not available, but Raji could make more via incentives in the contract.

According to sources, Raji also should be moving back to nose tackle, a position at which he played his best. His best season was at nose tackle, where he had 6.5 sacks and the Packers won the Super Bowl. After being moved into more of a defensive end role the last two years, he has exactly zero sacks in 36 games.

The Packers now have Raji, Mike Daniels, Datone Jones, Josh Boyd and Jerel Worthy on the defensive line and Mike Neal in a hybrid role. If I had to guess, the current line would consist of Daniels and Jones at the end positions and Raji at nose tackle. Given Raji’s production at nose tackle and the potential loss of Johnny Jolly and Ryan Pickett, a position change would be for the best.

What do you think? Good move by the Packers? Leave us in the comments below.

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  • MNPackAttack

    Thanks for the article, David. I for one was relieved to hear they signed BJ Raji to a 1 year deal and are moving him back to NT. That is his best position as evidenced by his first 2 seasons in Green Bay. I was also pleasantly surprised to learn the Packers signed DE Julius Peppers to a 3 year deal. I think he will probably anchor 1 of the DE positions if they don’t try him at LB. I hope they can keep Johnny Jolly, he really showed something last season. Pickett is getting old so it may be time to cut him loose. I look forward to improved defensive line play this season. Go Pack!