Keep him or dump him: B.J. Raji

March, 6, 2014
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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Heading into the final week before the free-agent frenzy begins, no doubt Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson already has made some decisions about his players who are set to hit the open market.

It’s much easier to play arm-chair general manager, so we will.

This week, we’ll examine some of the tougher decisions Thompson has to make among his 17 players who began this offseason as unrestricted free agents. We’ll skip cornerback Sam Shields, who isn’t expected to get a deal done before hitting the open mark.

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Keep him or dump him: DT B.J. Raji

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On Monday, we looked at the case for tight end Jermichael Finley followed by receiver James Jones on Tuesday and center Evan Dietrich-Smith on Wednesday. Next up is defensive tackle B.J. Raji.

The ninth overall pick in the 2009 draft, Raji looked like a budding star. In 2010, he posted 6.5 sacks and then made one of the key plays of the NFC Championship Game win against the Bears when he returned an interception for a touchdown.

Since then, his impact plays have been few despite being a durable and reliable tackle.

Last season, he reportedly turned down an $8 million-per-year offer from the Packers, leading many to believe he preferred to play elsewhere. After a mediocre season, he's unlikely to garner another offer like that. In addition to Raji, the Packers' other two starting defensive linemen -- Johnny Jolly and Ryan Pickett -- also are scheduled to become free agents.

With that in mind, is it worth bringing back Raji?

That's for you to decide. Vote in our keep him or dump him poll. We’ll do the same with a different free-agent-to-be all week and then examine the results at the end.

Rob Demovsky

ESPN Green Bay Packers reporter

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