GREEN BAY -- FOX Sports NFL is reporting that Green Bay Packers defensive tackle B.J. Raji is retiring.
Raji said Monday in a statement that he made the decision after hours of conversation with family members and mentors. He did not rule out a return to the field, but said that he "will definitely not be playing during the 2016 season."
The statement was provided by Raji's agents. The Green Bay Press-Gazette first reported Raji's decision.
Raji was a free agent after having a good season in 2015 with 22 tackles in 15 regular-season games. His decision leaves a hole up front in the Packers' run defense.