Guion or Raji?
Jan 11, 2015; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers strong safetyMorgan Burnett
(42) , nose tackle Letroy Guion (98) and free safetyHa Ha Clinton-Dix
(21) react after a call was overturned against the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth quarter in the 2014 NFC Divisional playoff football game at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
Another key decision for Ted Thompson lies with two defensive linemen in Letroy Guion and B.J. Raji. It’s hard to see a situation where both return, and equally tough to imagine neither returning.
So, who does he pick?
Letroy Guion: Walk
After Guion’s impressive 2014 season for the Packers, he seemed a lock to return in favor of Raji. That was until he got arrested for possession of marijuana and a firearm in Florida.
Dec 14, 2014; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Green Bay Packers nose tackle Letroy Guion (98) celebrates after sacking Buffalo Bills quarterbackKyle Orton
(18) during the first half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports
Guion finished the season with 32 tackles, 3.5 sacks and one forced fumble.
Despite a decent debut season in Green Bay, his off-the-field problems could well mean he is one season and done for the Packers.
Guion has only a $985,000 cap hit in 2014, and the chances are a new deal could lower that even more. With that in mind, Thompson may wish to re-sign him, but it seems unlikely after the arrest.
B.J. Raji: Re-sign
Guion’s loss would seemingly be B.J. Raji’s gain.
Raji is a veteran in Green Bay now, having played 76 regular season games. In this time, he’s made 129 tackles, 10.5 sacks and one fumble recovery.
And it would be wrong of me to neglect to mention his one interception, running it back for a touchdown in the 2010 NFC title game on the road at Chicago:
Raji signed a one-year, $4 million deal last year and looked rejuvenated in training camp before suffering a torn tricep. He missed the entire 2014 season, but could bounce back if he re-signs.
Thompson might look to sign him to a similar contract to the one he signed a year ago, but the price could well lower after a year on the sidelines.
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