While B.J. Raji remains confident the Green Bay Packers will “do right” by him, it appears any talks relating to a contract extension will have to wait until after the 2013 season.
According to a report from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the organization plans to let the 6-foot-2, 337-pound defensive tackle play out the fifth and final year of his rookie contract before continuing talks on a long-term extension.
Sources indicated earlier this offseason, the Packers opened discussions with Raji's agent, David Dunn, but Rapoport reports those conversations have shelved as they want the 26-year-old to "earn" a long-term commitment from the franchise.
During last Tuesday’s organized team activities, Raji told Press-Gazette Media he wasn’t concerned about his contract situation and confident the Packers would take care of him like they did with two other Dunn clients, quarterback Aaron Rodgers and linebacker Clay Matthews, earlier this offseason.
“I’m not really going to talk contracts,” Raji said. “Obviously, the Packers are a great organization and I’m sure they’ll do right by me. I’ll leave it at that.”
Raji, 26, led the defensive line with 762 snaps with 26 tackles, 20 pressures and two pass deflections, but didn’t register a sack. This offseason, the team is stressing the importance of being able to shed blockers and make plays.
This offseason, Raji is eating healthier and will be allowed to attack more in Dom Capers’ 3-4 defense like he did 2010 when he had 6˝ sacks, according to Rapoport.
In four seasons, Raji has 112 tackles with 10˝ sacks and eight pass deflections over 60 games (47 starts).