GREEN BAY – B.J. Raji has been a bit of a lightning rod, as the defensive lineman hasn’t had a sack in the regular season since November 2011.
His athleticism and talent are hard to question, and Friday, multiple reports said the Packers were re-signing Raji to a one-year deal.
Raji was a free agent, coming off a season where he played every game and had just 17 tackles. The NFL Network reports the deal is for $4 million, and Raji will move to the nose tackle position.
Meanwhile, another Packers free agent is leaving.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced they are signing former Green Bay center Evan Dietrich-Smith.
This past season was Dietrich-Smith’s first as a starter. He had played several interior line positions as a reserve.
The Packers now have to find someone new at the center of their offensive line. Second-year player J.C. Tretter figures to be a factor.