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Dolphins check out ex-Packers star Freeman at WR
Aug. 10, 2004
SportsLine.com wire reports
DAVIE, Fla. -- Receiver Antonio Freeman worked out for the Miami Dolphins on Tuesday, a day after David Boston had season-ending knee surgery.
A former Pro Bowler and once Brett Favre's No. 1 target in Green Bay, Freeman caught just 14 passes for 141 yards in 15 games with the Packers last season.
He could be more help to the Dolphins, who have little experience opposite Chris Chambers at the receiver position.
But the Dolphins were still considering whether to sign the 32-year-old player who has spent his entire career in the West Coast offense, which the Dolphins don't use.
"He had a good workout, but no decision has been made," coach Dave Wannstedt said.
"He's obviously still got it," said quarterback Clint Stoerner, who threw passes to Freeman during a workout Tuesday. "He runs well, he's really quick in and out of his breaks and he catches everything. And there's something to be said for the experience he has."
Boston tore a tendon in his left knee Friday, moving Derrius Thompson back into a starting role. Thompson was a disappointment in his first season with the Dolphins, catching 26 passes for 359 yards.
Behind Thompson are Terrence Wilkins, Kendall Newson, J.R. Tolver and Sam Simmons.
Wilkins has just five catches in the last two seasons. Newson, Tolver and Simmons have two career receptions combined.
In nine seasons, eight with the Packers, Freeman has 477 catches for 7,251 yards and 61 touchdowns. His best year was 1998, when he had 84 catches for 1,424 yards and 14 touchdowns and made his only Pro Bowl.
"He's a savvy veteran," said quarterback A.J. Feeley, who played with Freeman in Philadelphia in 2002. "He knows the game in and out. He's played with a great guy there in Green Bay with Favre and he's still got some juice left. He can definitely help the team."
The Dolphins have had little success bringing in veteran receivers in the past.
Cris Carter caught just eight passes for 66 yards in 2002. Leslie Shepherd (2000), Brett Perriman (1997) and Fred Barnett (1996-97) were slightly more productive but still off from what they had done before joining the Dolphins.
The Associated Press News Service
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