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B.J. Raji | Defensive Lineman

Team: Green Bay Packers
Age / DOB:  (28) / 7/11/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 337
College: Boston College
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Packers placed NT B.J. Raji on injured reserve with a torn right biceps, ending his season.
The move could end Raji's Packers career after he had to settle for a one-year, $4 million deal in March. Now 28, he'll head back to the open market on the lowest of notes. Already in steep decline, Raji's injury is bad news for his future effectiveness. Aug 26 - 5:56 PM

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Tests have confirmed NT B.J. Raji is out for the season with a torn right biceps muscle.

The Packers were hoping to place Raji on short-term I.R. for a possible a late-season impact. Although he hasn't been productive in years, his loss is a blow to Green Bay's defensive line. Raji will end up playing zero regular season snaps after re-signing to a one-year, $4 million deal in the offseason. Josh Boyd and Letroy Guion are in-house candidates to replace Raji. Free agents Ryan Pickett and Johnny Jolly are likely available for the veteran minimum.
Aug 23 - 2:47 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Packers believe NT B.J. Raji suffered a torn bicep in the team's third preseason game Friday night.

Raji is undergoing tests to determine if the bicep is fully or partially torn. There was previous optimism that Raji's injury was minor, but either scenario would force him to miss significant time. The Packers should update his status soon. Green Bay will likely have to turn to Josh Boyd at nose tackle. Raji is a big name, but his game to this point in his career has not matched up.
Aug 23 - 11:21 AM

Coach Mike McCarthy confirmed B.J. Raji will move back to nose tackle in 2014.

McCarthy said the Packers need to "cut [Raji] loose" and "get him over the center again." Raji has mostly played defensive end in Green Bay's 3-4 defense the past two seasons while Ryan Pickett manned the nose. Pickett won't be back. Raji will line up over center and should be flanked by Datone Jones and Mike Neal. Julius Peppers and Clay Matthews will rush the passer from the edges.
Mar 25 - 3:23 PM

Packers agreed to terms with DT B.J. Raji on a one-year, $4 million contract.

Last November, Raji now infamously turned down a multi-year deal that reportedly contained $20 million total and $8 million guaranteed. But as his play tailed off dramatically, he realized that rehabbing his value on a one-year pact with Green Bay was his best (and only) option. Raji has zero sacks over his last 39 games (including playoffs), has zero forced fumbles in his five-year career and graded out dead last against the run among 3-4 ends in PFF's 2013 grades. He's expected to move to nose tackle this season.
Mar 14 - 3:27 PM

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports there are "indications" free agent B.J. Raji will decline the Packers' one-year offer.

According to reporters Tom Silverstein and Bob McGinn, the Pack offered Raji the "options of one- and two-year contracts." They confirm the one-year offer was worth roughly $4 million. Coming off an extremely disappointing season, there's no guarantee Raji will do better in free agency.
Mar 7 - 12:16 AM

Sources tell the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that the one-year deal the Packers have offered free agent B.J. Raji is worth $4 million.

Last November, Raji reportedly turned down a multi-year deal worth $8 million annually that contained $20 million guaranteed. He's kicking himself now. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting that Raji is mulling the Pack's latest "prove it" offer and would be moving back to nose tackle if he did re-sign.
Mar 6 - 10:13 AM

Sources tell ESPN that the Packers are close to re-signing free agent DT B.J. Raji to a one-year contract.

It's telling that Raji is willing to accept a "prove-it" deal without even testing the market. He knows his value needs to be rehabbed. The five-year veteran's play has been inconsistent at best and poor at worst recently, culminating with just 17 tackles and no sacks while getting destroyed against the run last season. As ex-Rams GM Billy Devaney recently said, Raji is "pretty much just a guy."
Mar 6 - 8:02 AM

Former Rams GM Billy Devaney referred to free agent DT B.J. Raji as "pretty much just a guy."

Raji's stock has sunk sharply at the wrong time. He has zero sacks over his last 39 games (including playoffs), has zero forced fumbles in his five-year career and graded out dead last against the run among 3-4 ends in PFF's 2013 grades. Raji might be better off in a scheme that allows interior linemen more freedom, but there's a good chance he's also regretting the decision to turn down $8 million annually a year ago.
Source: ESPN
Feb 19 - 11:47 AM

Speaking on NFL Total Access, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said the Packers may let free agent DT B.J. Raji walk as they look to become more agile along the defensive front.

Rapoport said he expects the Packers to spend big in free agency in order to remake Green Bay's defense into the quicker, more agile unit DC Dom Capers envisions, and the 335-pound Raji is unlikely to fit into those plans. (Spending "big" in free agency, of course, has never been GM Ted Thompson's thing.) Raji reportedly turned down an $8 million-a-year offer from the Packers last season, and the feeling was Raji is looking to leave Green Bay anyway. Raji is our No. 3 free agent defensive tackle.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 12 - 9:48 PM

ESPN Packers blogger Rob Demovsky writes DE B.J. Raji reportedly turned down a contract offer from the team that averaged $8 million annually.

Raji is in the final year of his rookie deal and is set to become an unrestricted free agent in March. Demovsky thinks there's a chance Raji would like to play in a defense that allows its defensive linemen more freedom to rush the passer. Raji hasn't registered a sack in two seasons after he put up 9.5 of them from 2010-11. He's seen his defensive snaps decrease over the past two seasons.
Source: ESPN.com
Sat, Dec 28, 2013 11:59:00 AM

Packers LE B.J. Raji has played just 58 percent of the defensive snaps through three games.

Raji played 68 percent of the snaps last season, and he missed time during some of those games due to an ankle injury. The former No. 9 overall pick is completely healthy but is being sent to the sideline when the defense goes in nickel and dime. The Packers have been rolling with Mike Daniels, Datone Jones, and Mike Neal on the defensive line in passing situations. Raji says he's fine with it. He is in a contract year, however.
Sat, Oct 5, 2013 10:19:00 AM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Packers plan to make LE B.J. Raji play out the final year of his contract.

Raji has one year left on his deal, and he'll count $6.595 million against the cap. After working out extensions with Aaron Rodgers and Clay Matthews earlier in the offseason, the Packers aren't in dire need of cap space. Raji has reportedly been eating healthier, and the plan is to allow him to get after the quarterback a bit more in 2013. He had zero sacks last season. The Packers' plan is smart because Raji has been pretty inconsistent.
Mon, Jun 3, 2013 07:41:00 PM

Packers LE B.J. Raji says he's in "pretty good shape."

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported earlier this offseason that Raji was overweight and out of shape when he reported to OTAs. "I'm not going to say I was in tip-top shape coming back, but that's what the offseason's for," Raji — who is angling for a long-term contract — said. "So everybody came back, and I know those reports got out there. I can't worry about that." Raji went on to say he wants to "dominate the game." Raji hasn't been dominant since 2010, but bounced back last season after a rough 2011.
Fri, May 31, 2013 09:04:00 AM

LE B.J. Raji expects the Packers to "do right" in long-term talks.

Raji is going into the final year of his rookie contract. "I’m not really going to talk contracts," Raji said. "Obviously, the Packers are a great organization and I’m sure they’ll do right by me. I’ll leave it at that." Raji has been uneven since coming into the league in 2009, but bounced back last season after a rough 2011. He played nearly 200 fewer snaps as the Pack looked to keep him fresher, and it appears to have paid off on the field. Raji could get paid some time during camp.
Tue, May 28, 2013 08:04:00 PM

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