Unlike most of the positions we have looked at so far (and will look at the rest of the week), the defensive line goes into the 2013 off-season with every player on the 2012 roster signed through next season. The Packers' defensive line went through last year in a bit of flux, with several players rotating through the three positions. All will likely return for training camp this season, but with one player in particular aging and another with a major injury concern, look for the Packers front office to address the depth on the line in the next few months.
Signed for 2013:
Raji and Pickett, the two pseudo-stars of the D-line, are both signed for one more season. Raji benefitted from a mid-season switch back to defensive tackle with Picket playing nose tackle, and it appears that Dom Capers would do well to keep the two players at those positions. However, with Pickett turning 34 and playing his 13th NFL season in 2013, it seems likely that his time as a productive player is inching closer to its end.
Defensive Line: Lack of Impact Player Cause for Concern
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