Raji plans to retire from football, the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports.
Raji's intention to retire comes as he hit the free agent market following his seventh season in Green Bay. Drafted ninth overall in 2009, Raji was instrumental on the Packers' Super Bowl-winning team in 2010, registering a career-best 39 tackles and 6.5 sacks. Since then, Raji's performance level steeply declined, as evidenced by just 3.5 total sacks, and he also missed the entire 2014 campaign due to a preseason biceps tear. At 29 years old, it appears Raji is ready to call time on his NFL career, taking his name out of consideration from potential suitors.
Raji (groin) is active for Sunday's game against the Chargers, the Packers' official site reports.
In the aftermath of last Sunday's game, an MRI revealed no damage to Raji's groin, which ended his day early. With the bye week imminent (Week 7), the Packers will keep him in street clothes, as Letroy Guion gets the start at nose tackle.
Packers defensive tackle B.J. Raji (groin) is doubtful for Sunday's game against the Chargers.
An MRI reportedly did not reveal any damage to his groin, yet Raji still figures to miss at least one game. Mike Pennel will likely fill in at nose tackle against a San Diego team that hasn't had much luck with its running game behind an injury-decimated offensive line.
An MRI on Packers defensive tackle B.J. Raji's groin Monday revealed no damage, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.
Raji was removed from Sunday's win against the Rams due to a groin injury, and while it may not be severe, he was still unable to finish that contest. As the week progresses, his ability to practice will forecast if he'll be able to play Sunday against the Chargers.
Raji exited Sunday's game with a groin injury, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
The extent of Raji's injury is uncertain, but he was able to remain on the sideline after leaving the game. Even if Raji's injury is minor, the Packers may opt to hold him out of the next game against the Chargers with the team on bye in Week 7.
Mike McCarthy raved Tuesday about the practice work of Packers defensive end B.J. Raji.
"I think B.J. is in a great place," McCarthy told the team website. "I thought last year was his best training camp. He's in great shape. He looks great."
Raji lost last season to a torn right biceps, but had been a full-time starter in each of his previous five years in the NFL.
Despite question marks regarding defensive tackle B.J. Raji (biceps injury) and defensive tackle Letroy Guion (legal issues) heading into 2015, the Packers may be very fortunate to have retained those players and not have to rebuild their defensive line, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
"That’s very big. You have two veteran guys, two bigger guys and two productive football players," Packers defensive end Mike Daniels said. "You have two veteran guys, two bigger guys and two productive football players. They’re both really good football players and they’re great guys."
Raji missed the 2014 season due to a torn right biceps and Guion had a recent run-in with police.
The Packers are expected to re-sign defensive tackle B.J. Raji to a one-year deal, a source told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. Raji, who missed the 2014 season due to a torn right biceps, will roughly earn $3.5 million and can earn up to $4 million with incentives.
Prior to sitting out the 2014 season, Raji totaled 129 tackles (90 solo) and 10 1/2 sacks in his first five NFL seasons.
The Packers have placed wide receiver Jared Abbrederis, offensive lineman Don Barclay, running back Rajion Neal, nose tackle B.J. Raji, linebacker Joe Thomas and guard Andrew Tiller on injured reserve, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Packers defensive lineman B.J. Raji will miss the entirety of the 2014 season due to a torn right biceps, ESPN.com reports Saturday.
Raji suffered the injury during Friday's preseason game, and tests confirmed the worst-case scenario Saturday, according to the report. Raji returned to the Packers this offseason on a one-year deal worth $4 million.
Packers defensive lineman B.J. Raji suffered an arm injury in Friday's preseason game, and NFL.com reports Saturday the team fears it could be a serious injury.
Raji underwent tests on his arm Saturday, but the report indicates he is thought to have suffered a torn biceps. The question is whether it is a partial or full tear, which would determine just how long he is expected to miss. At this time, no potential timetable is known.
Packers defensive lineman B.J. Raji was forced out of Friday's preseason game against the Raiders with an arm injury. Raji was escorted back to the sidelines and checked out by team trainers before he was ruled out for the remainder of the game. The team has not revealed the extant of his injury.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy said B.J. Raji will move back to nose tackle after playing mostly defensive end the past two seasons, reports ESPNMilwaukee.com. Raji signed a one-year, $4 million deal this month.
The Packers and defensive lineman B.J. Raji agreed to a one-year deal, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. There was a report a week ago that Raji agreed to a deal but either talks went on or it didn't really get done until now.
Raji took a huge step backward last season, failing to record a single sack and totaling just 17 tackles.
The Packers have offered defensive lineman B.J. Raji a short-term contract extension in advance of free agency, reports the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Now they have to see if he accepts it.
The Packers offered Raji the options of one- and two-year contracts. For one year, their offer was for about $4 million. ESPN reported Thursday that Raji was close to a one-year deal, but the Journal-Sentinel report says the deal is not imminent and there are indications Raji isn't interested.
Raji would only want to sign a one-year deal if he thought the long-term offers he received weren't lucrative enough and there was still time left to shop himself when the NFL free agency signing period begins Tuesday.
The Journal Sentinel reported during the 2013 season that Raji turned down a long-term offer averaging $8 million. That offer contained about $20 million in guaranteed money. Raji chose to play out the season and see if he could do better as a free agent.
The Packers and defensive tackle B.J. Raji have reportedly agreed to terms on a one-year deal that will keep the big man with the team that drafted him. There were rumors that Raji was going to be set free on the open market but it looks as per ESPN it looks like he's willing to stay with the Packers for one more year. Raji took a huge step backward last season, failing to record a single sack and totaling just 17 tackles.
The Packers "don't seem to have made any progress" toward re-signing cornerback Sam Shields and defensive tackle B.J. Raji, suggesting both will hit the open market next week, reports the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. The team could have placed the franchise tag on either player but decided not to.
The Packers haven't ruled out bringing back impending free agents B.J. Raji and Ryan Pickett, reports the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
Raji, a defensive end taken ninth overall in 2011, is coming off a mediocre year but is just 27 and durable. Pickett, a 34-year-old nose tackle, drew praise from coach Mike McCarthy for his instincts and understanding of the game.
Defensive ends Johnny Jolly and C.J. Wilson also are slated to be unrestricted free agents March 11. "We're looking to sign those guys back but we'll see what happens," McCarthy said, per the paper. "Those decisions, a lot of those will be financial. That's really not practical to keep them all."
The Packers will let defensive linemen B.J. Raji and Ryan Pickett go via free agency according to NFL Network. Raji and Pickett started every game for the Packers in 2013 but the team is reportedly interested in getting smaller and more athletic at defensive tackle and end in their 3-4 scheme.
Packers defensive end B.J. Raji had a "so-so season" in the final year of his rookie deal, and "his return is far from a guarantee," reports ESPN.com. The website speculates Raji might choose to "hit the market and try to find a defensive system that gives him more freedom to jet up the field and rush the passer."
Raji had zero sacks the past two seasons after recording 12.5 in 2010-11. He finished 2013 with 17 tackles.