Green Bay Packers, B.J. Raji to have one more dance

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Jun 17, 2014; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers defensive tackle B.J. Raji (90) gets ready for the team

In an attempt to shore up the defensive line, the Green Bay Packers inked two defensive veterans today, Letroy Guion and B.J. Raji, to single-year pacts that will eat up around $8 million of the $20 million they had in salary cap.

Earlier today, the Packers announced the re-signing of Letroy Guion to a single-year contract that’s been reported to be between $2.75 and $3.25 million if incentives are realized.

For Raji, his deal is expected to be between $3.5 and $4 million if he earns his incentives.

According to Rob Demovsky of ESPN, the Packers brought the two defensive linemen back into the fold on deals that some think might be a stretch on the dollar amount.

Here’s what Brian Carriveau tweeted this afternoon about the two deals given to Guion and Raji:

Well, given the fact that these are single-year deals, the Packers aren’t painting themselves into a long-term corner and can still utilize the draft to bring in younger, less experienced players to learn the system and develop over the course of their rookie contract.

In the meantime, the Packers have some experience along the defensive line – something that may have been a hindrance to the team in 2014. After all, finishing twenty-third against the run in 2014 wasn’t a statistic the franchise pointed toward for bragging rights.

Clearly, Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy wanted these two guys back, despite the fact that they aren’t world-beaters at the position.

They’ve got plenty to prove during the next season and plenty to do to earn their multi-million dollar contracts.

Let’s take a look at what the Packers will be getting as we move into the 2015 season. We start with Guion, as we reported earlier, then take a look a Raji and what he may mean to the Packers next season.

Next: Is Guion the answer?