One Packer staying, one Packer leaving in free agency

Green Bay Packers' B.J. Raji runs to the sidelines during the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, November 24, 2013.
Green Bay Packers' B.J. Raji runs to the sidelines during the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, November 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Mike McGinnis)

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.

Green Bay Packers center Evan Dietrich-Smith during the first half of their game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Kansas City, Mo., Aug. 29, 2013.
Green Bay Packers center Evan Dietrich-Smith during the first half of their game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Kansas City, Mo., Aug. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Reed Hoffmann)

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.

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