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Packers Daily Links: Raji Must Wait for Contract Extension

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network first mentioned it on Monday's episode of Total Access and later took to Twitter to put it in print form, but he reports that Packers defensive lineman B.J. Raji won't be getting a contract extension prior to the start of the 2013 season. "The Packers plan to have Raji play out the final year of his rookie contract to see if he can 'earn' a lucrative extension with the team," writes Dan Hanzus of NFL.com, summing up Rapoport's report. The video of Rapoport on Total Access appears at NFL.com as well. Raji is one of several high-profile players entering a contract season, in addition to others like Sam Shields, Morgan Burnett, Jermichael Finley, James Jones and Evan Dietrich-Smith. It will be difficult for the Packers to re-sign all of them.

More on B.J. Raji comes from PackersNews.com, ESPNMilwaukee.com, Packer Report, JSOnline and Acme Packing Company.

Now that cornerback Sam Shields has signed his restricted free agent tender, he can take part in Tuesday's minicamp practice in Green Bay. This comes on the heels of a meeting between Shields' agent Drew Rosenhaus and the Packers on Monday. "Following the meeting Shields signed his $2.023 million tender, which will allow him to participate in the minicamp, and discussions about a multi-year contract remained a possibility," writes Rob Demovsky of the Press-Gazette. After missing the first two weeks of Organized Team Activities, Shields will at least be able to take part in minicamp and then the final week of voluntary OTAs if he chooses.

More on Sam Shields comes from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, ESPNMilwaukee.com and Fox Sports Wisconsin.

Head coach Mike McCarthy hosted the annual Cystic Fibrosis Celebrity Golf outing on Monday in Green Bay, an event that's raised over $625,000 in its history. "Our history and our tradition for the Green Bay Packers obviously far exceeds what happens on the football field and this tournament definitely represents that," McCarthy is quoted as saying by Paul Imig of Fox Sports Wisconsin. "It's a privilege to keep this tournament going, raise the money for cystic fibrosis, a great cause." The event occurred on the eve of minicamp in Green Bay where McCarthy will be busy on Tuesday.

A feature on recently signed Packers cornerback Brandon Smith appears at Packer Report with a touching story about how he had a tryout with the Packers shortly after his mother died. “It was an easy decision to come here,” Smith is quoted as saying by reporter Bill Huber. “With me having this one opportunity, this one chance, I know this is what my mom would have wanted me to do. I love my mom, through death and beyond. I love her right now as we speak.”

Defensive lineman Johnny Jolly tweeted that he'll be at practice on Tuesday for the first time this offseason, as noted at PackersNews.com and ESPNMilwaukee.com.

A Q&A with former Packers defensive lineman Gilbert Brown appears at JSOnline, including his thoughts on B.J. Raji.

Blog posts on Aaron Rodgers and stopping Colin Kaepernick appear at AllGreenBayPackers.com.

One more article on the Packers focusing on causing fumbles is published at the Press-Gazette.

Since 1970, the Packers have drafted more players from USC than any other university, as noted by FootballPerspective.com.

Safety Morgan Burnett gets particular attention in some analysis of defensive backs over at FootballOutsiders.com.

Video: Work continues on the Donald Driver statue outside Titletown Brewing Company, from Fox 11 in Green Bay...

Brian Carriveau is the author of "It's Just a Game: Big League Drama in Small Town America," and editor of Cheesehead TV's "Pro Football Draft Preview." To contact Brian, email carriveau@uwalumni.com.

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Evan's picture

RIP Deacon Jones.

It's too bad his career was so hampered by his undersized 270 pound frame. If he was 20 pounds heavier maybe he would have gotten at least one sack.

MarkinMadison's picture

You're right. 270 lbs. was definitely small in the 1960s. All of the offensive lineman were 310+ back then. And all of the defensive lineman were at least 300 lbs.

Evan's picture

I guess my joke was too subtle...?

Chad Toporski's picture

I got it. ;-)

MarkinMadison's picture

No, I think mine was. :-)

Evan's picture

Ha. Dammit.

Morgan Mundane's picture

Deacon Jones set the standard for great D line play. I remember reading years ago that if they would have kept stats of sacks in those days, his records would still stand today. Keep this in mind, it was a running league back in those days. They didn't pass all that much.

If he wasn't nailing the QB he was stopping the runner in the backfield.

RIP Deacon; glad to have been able to see you play both on TV and in person.

Ma Linger's picture

Smart move on Pack part to see what Raji can do this year before just handing the bank over.

FITZCORE 1252'S EVO's picture

All offseason I never really bought into the 'big 3' theory of Aaron, Clay and BJ. To me, when you put those three names together it's the classic instance of - one of these things is not like the others. I hope we are able to keep BJ at a fair rate, we don't have a replacement for him (as far as I can tell), but, he just hasn't been a force like a Wilfork or Hampton... Or Rodgers or Matthews.

Chad Toporski's picture

Rodgers, Matthews, and Cobb.

Lars's picture

Exactly. The media has been pushing Raji for years as part of the must-signs like AR and CM3. First, Raji's already making $6.5 million and not playing up to that. Why would the Packers throw tens of millions more at the underperforming and once again overweight DT?

Then, you have the reality of two desultory seasons since Raji's breakout 2010 year: 26 total tackles (Pickett had 50) and ZERO sacks in 2012. I should hope the Packers wait to sign him. And, even if Raji turns in on in his contract year, a tag and trade isn't out of the question.

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