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Packers' top draft choice B.J. Raji agrees to a contract

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After missing almost two weeks of training camp, the Green Bay Packers' top draft choice has finally agreed to a contract.

Media reports said defensive lineman B.J. Raji agreed Thursday night to a five-year, $28.5 million deal, and about $18 million of it is guaranteed.

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Raji, from Boston College, was the ninth overall pick in the April draft.

And by all accounts, both sides were waiting to see what the other picks around him would get.

But No. 8 pick Eugene Monroe of Jacksonville and No. 10 pick Michael Crabtree of San Francisco are apparently not even close to getting deals.

But the Packers apparently felt they couldn't wait any longer and Raji is expected to sign this morning, once the final details of his contract are set.

He has missed 13 training camp practices, and coach Mike McCarthy says it won't be easy for Raji to catch up with the rest of the team.

But the coach won't know for sure until Raji takes the field.

We do know he won't play in tomorrow night's Packer home exhibition opener against Cleveland.

Raji's hold-out was the longest for a Packers' draft choice since 1997, when offensive lineman Ross Verba missed the first 22 days of camp.

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