The first whiff of interest from anyone besides the Green Bay Packers in defensive tackle B.J. Raji comes from the NFC champion Carolina Panthers.
The Panthers are only interested in Raji as a backup, however.
Carolina already has a solid interior defensive line with starters Kawann Short and Star Lotulelei. Thus, Raji would just be a rotational player with the Panthers.
His productivity in recent seasons suggests that’s about all he’s good for at this point. Although other people want to inflate his numbers, Raji posted just 22 tackles and a half a sack in 2015.
In his previous full season — Raji missed all of 2014 — he posted 17 tackles and no sacks. Raji hasn’t registered more than that half a sack since 2011, when he recorded three.
Still, we know the Packers are interested in bringing Raji back.
A backup’s contract with Carolina shouldn’t do much to stop that, although it may increase Raji’s price slightly.
We find it hard to believe that Raji would be worth more than $3 million per season to anyone at this point. However, strange things happen in free agency.