GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Four years into his NFL career, Green Bay Packers nose tackle B.J. Raji believes he's on the verge of his best season yet.
Raji needs his optimistic view to play out this way. Entering the last year of his contract with the Packers with no extension offer on the table, Raji is looking for -- and perhaps creating -- ways to give himself added motivation. While that may also bring added pressure, Raji is confident that 2013 will be his season.
"I don't think I've played my best football, and that's the beauty of it," Raji said. "That's why I'm so excited about the future. I played some good ball in the past and I had some success, but I feel like my best ball is ahead of me.
"Everything in life, just like in football, it's a learning experience. I think that the more experience I get, the better I'll be going forward."
If Green Bay's front office agreed with Raji's assessment that he still has a lot of room to improve, more progress toward a new contract would likel...