Green Bay, WI, United States (4E Sports) – Rather than test the free-agent market this year, defensive tackle B.J. Raji is expected to sign a one-year deal with the Green Bay Packers.
According to sources, Raji wants to play better and prove himself this season then hit the free-agent market next year.
Raji reportedly turned down an $8 million per year offer last season, potentially a sign that he preferred to play in a defense that gives linemen more freedom.
Raji led all Packers linemen in playing time, seeing the field on 59 percent of the defensive snaps, but he failed to record a sack for the second straight season under Dom Capers’ 3-4 scheme.
However, the former first-round pick in 2009 (No. 9 overall) was an effective pass-rusher earlier in his career playing in the same system.
Raji’s best season came in 2010, when he had 6.5 sacks and made a key play in the NFC Championship Game against the Chicago Bears, intercepting a pass and returning it 18 yards for a touchdown.
After that, Raji has only three sacks since — all in 2011 — and had a career-low 17 tackles last season.