The Green Bay Packers signed first round nose tackle B.J. Raji to a 5-year deal with a reported $28.5 million this afternoon. Raji spoke at a news conference this afternoon at Lambeau Field.
The deal guarantee’s Raji around $18 million and is expected to pay him $11 million in the first eight months of the deal. According to the Green Bay Press Gazette, Raji will get a $2.4 million signing bonus and a $1.2 million roster bonus. His base salary for this season is $310,000, and he’ll receive an additional $7 million roster bonus in March.
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The contract also includes about $5.5 million in play-time and other incentives.
Raji was placed on the active non-football injury list. To make room, the Packers placed rookie wide receiver Patrick Williams on injured reserve.
Raji is expected to start at defensive end for the Packers. He missed a total of 13 practices in training camp so far, but he said he doesn’t anticipate the time off hurting his chances to be ready for the opener against the Bears
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