In the final year of his deal, defensive lineman B.J. Raji is looking for a new contract. Knowing this, the Green Bay Packers offered Raji a deal worth around $8 million dollars annually, but Raji reportedly wasn’t interested – turning down the offer.
Answering fan questions, ESPN’s Rob Demovsky was asked if Raji would be returning to the Packers next season when he dropped the news:
That’s currently a hot topic of debate within the organization. There’s also the chance that Raji will make that decision for them. He already has reportedly turned down an offer for $8 million a year. Perhaps Raji would prefer to play in a defense that allows its linemen more freedom to rush the passer.
Make no mistake, $8 million dollars annually isn’t exactly cheap so it’s clear Raji is looking for elite money (and understandably so). That said, do the Packers pony up the cash to keep him?
I can’t seen Green Bay elevating their price tag that much so the two sides will need to find a middle ground before Raji enters free agency if he’s to stay with the Packers.