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Raji on contract: 'I'm sure they'll do right by me'

May 28, 2013
 
B.J. Raji started 14 games for the Packers last season with 26 tackles and two pass deflections, although he failed to add another sack to his 10ス career total. File/AP
B.J. Raji started 14 games for the Packers last season with 26 tackles and two pass deflections, although he failed to add another sack to his 10ス career total. File/AP
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So far this offseason, the Green Bay Packers have taken care of two David Dunn clients in Aaron Rodgers and Clay Matthews.

So where does that leave B.J. Raji?

The Packers defensive lineman is entering the final season of his five-year rookie contract with the team. He痴 one of five individuals at the position with no guarantees past 2013, along with 33-year-old Ryan Pickett and 2010 second-round pick Mike Neal.

The way the Packers have structured their cap in the wake of Rodgers and Matthews' extensions leaves them with roughly $13 million in wiggle room in the 2013 salary cap.

They could use it to take care of Raji and reportedly opened up discussions with cornerback Sam Shields on a possible extension.

Whatever the case may be, Raji isn稚 concerned. While he wouldn稚 comment on specifics, Raji is confident his side and the Packers will find common ground on a possible extension.

的知 not really going to talk contracts, Raji said. 徹bviously, the Packers are a great organization and I知 sure they値l do right by me. I値l leave it at that.

Raji, 26, started 14 games for the Packers last season with 26 tackles and two pass deflections, but failed to add another sack to his 10ス career total through four seasons.

Both Packers coach Mike McCarthy and position coach Mike Trgovac havepraised Raji for the progression he made in his pass rush even if the numbers don't reflect it.

After the season, however, Raji and Trgovac talked about on placing more emphasis on shedding blockers, a facet or Raji's game that seemed to waver in the face of the double-teams he faced last season.

徹ne of the things he emphasized is I have to do a lot better job of shedding blocks, particularly in this league of guys who latch onto you, Raji said. 徹bviously, as the season goes down for whatever reason, he thought I wasn稚 getting off blocks like I have in the past and that痴 one of the things I致e emphasized this offseason is shedding blocks and making more plays.

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