Welcome the NFL offseason folks, where the news comes fast and furious. As Adam Schefter reported earlier this morning, the Packers and defensive lineman B.J. Raji are closing in on a one-year deal to keep Raji in Green Bay for the 2014 season.
Well even more details have come out since then and according to Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the proposed contract is going to be worth around $4 million.
According to McGinn, the Packers pulled the contract they offered Raji that would have paid him around $8 million a year with around $20 million guaranteed following his poor performance this past season season and were willing to let him test his value on the free agent market.
Yet, after a disappointing season in which the former top-10 pick out of Boston College registered just 13 tackles and no sacks, it appears the market wasn’t going to be too kind to Raji, so he decided to bet on himself again in terms of a one-year deal.
The deal is a win-win for both sides because it helps the Packers fill a major need along the defensive line, while also allowing Raji another season to prove himself before making another run at the free agent market in 2015.
It’s also beneficial to the Packers because they clearly believed Raji was a big part of their future as recently as last season, otherwise they would not have offered the big contract in the first place. Thus, if he were to perform at a high-level in 2014, there’s a good chance that the Packers would have a renewed interest in working out a long-term contract that would keep him in Green Bay for years to come.
However, looking back, Raji really should have taken the deal offered him last season and now both he and his representation have to be kicking themselves.