Packers defensive end and nose tackle B.J. Raji is reportedly close to reaching a deal to remain in Green Bay for another year, according to a tweet early Thursday morning from Adam Schefter of ESPN.
The former ninth overall pick by the Packers in 2009 has played in 30 games the past two seasons and had reportedly turned down an $8 million offer to remain with the team last season, the second straight year in which he would fail to record a sack. According to the ESPN report, he is aiming to play better this upcoming season and then test the free agent market.
Raji, who will turn 28 this summer, has made one Pro Bowl appearance (2011) in his career.
The Packers have more than $30 million in salary cap space. They can begin negotiating with free agents on Saturday and can sign other players to contracts after 4 p.m. on Tuesday.
Packers and B.J. Raji are close to completing a 1-year deal that will keep the DT in Green Bay and off the free-agent market, per sources.SI WIRE: Report: Broncos to release CB Champ Bailey
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 6, 2014