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Packers re-sign DT BJ Raji

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 14, 2014 at 5:19 pm •  Published: March 14, 2014
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers re-signed run-stuffing defensive tackle B.J. Raji on Friday.

General manager Ted Thompson announced the deal Friday. Terms were not disclosed but multiple reports said it was a one-year deal worth $4 million.

The 27-year-old Raji was the ninth overall pick in the 2009 draft. He has played in 76 games with 63 starts and has 227 tackles, 10 ½ sacks and seven passes defensed during his five seasons with Green Bay.

After a Pro Bowl-worthy season in 2010, when he had 6.5 regular-season sacks, another sack in the playoffs and an interception return for a touchdown in the NFC Championship game victory at Chicago that sent the Packers to the Super Bowl Raji hasn't had a sack in 35 regular-season games. Last season, he was credited with 36 tackles, but no sacks, forced fumbles or deflected passes.

Last fall, Raji reportedly had a long-term contract offer from the Packers that would have paid him roughly $8 million per year. Now he has reportedly settled for a one-year deal for half that.

Raji essentially played on first and second downs last season and had the fewest snaps per game since his rookie year, missing two games with a sprained ankle.

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