Walker, Guion on List; Raji Still in Mix

The longer B.J. Raji remains on the market, the more likely it is he'll have to settle for a one-year contract somewhere.

Note: This story has been updated since it was published on Thursday night.

The Green Bay Packers' defensive line is a work in progress.

With B.J. Raji, Ryan Pickett, Johnny Jolly and C.J. Wilson all unsigned, the Packers will bring in veterans Vance Walker, according to ESPN.com's Rob Demovsky, and Letroy Guion, according to Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

In a mild surprise, considering he had a breakout season in 2010 and played well in 2012, Raji remains on the market. According to a source, Raji hasn't attracted much interest, even with hundreds of millions of dollars thrown around during the first three days of free agency. The longer he stays on the market, the more likely it is that he'll have to settle for a one-year deal. That deal could be the one on the table by Green Bay, which is for $4 million, or it could develop elsewhere.

Walker ranks 14th on Scout.com's list of free agent defensive tackles while Guion is 17th.

Walker (6-2, 305) was a seventh-round pick by Atlanta out of Georgia Tech in 2009. He started one game for the Falcons in his first three seasons, then nine games in 2012. Last offseason, he signed a one-year deal with the Raiders worth $2 million. He started and played in 15 games, tallying career-high totals of 40 tackles and three sacks. Of the 51 defensive tackles who played at least 50 percent of the run-game snaps, Walker ranked 28th in ProFootballFocus.com's run-stop percentage metric (6.9 percent). Of the 33 defensive tackles who played at least 50 percent of the pass-game snaps, he ranked 15th in PFF's pass-rush productivity stats (7.2).

According to Demovsky, a date for a visit has not been set. Walker was meeting with the Chiefs on Thursday.

Guion (6-4, 303), a fifth-round pick by Minnesota in 2008, just completed his sixth season. He started a total of 28 games for the Vikings the past two seasons. In 2013, he tallied 21 tackles, including one sack and three for losses, plus forced and recovered a fumble. Guion didn't play nearly as much as Walker this past season. Guion's run-stop percentage (7.3) was better but his pass-rushing productivity (2.6) was far worse.

According to Tomasson, Guion will visit on Sunday — assuming he doesn't sign with New England (who he visted this week) or another team first.


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