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  • Agent: Freeman can talk to other teams

    By Arnie Stapleton
    AP Sports Writer
    04/06/2002 05:10 PM




    In an unusual move, the Green Bay Packers are allowing wide receiver Antonio Freeman to speak with other teams about a trade, his agent said Saturday.

    In a letter dated April 2, the Packers gave Freeman and his agent, Joel Segal, permission for the seventh-year pro to visit other clubs, undergo physical exams and talk about contract requirements.

    ``This provides us with the opportunity to pursue other avenues while keeping lines of communication open with the Packers,'' Segal said.

    Packers coach Mike Sherman and chief negotiator Andrew Brandt didn't immediately return phone calls from The Associated Press seeking comment.

    Sherman has said he would like to keep Freeman, but not at his $4.3 million salary next season.

    Last month, Freeman, who is under contract through 2005, said he felt he had played his last game for the Packers after they traded for receiver Terry Glenn, who is hoping to resurrect his career after a troubling stay in New England.

    ``You don't go from a No. 1 to a No. 2 -- if you're going to do that, you move to another team,'' Freeman said.

    Giving Freeman permission to seek a trade could prove academic. The Packers most likely won't be able to deal him before June 1 because of salary cap constraints. However, it could be the first step in Freeman's departure from Green Bay, where he is quarterback Brett Favre's favorite target.

    If he refuses to restructure his contract, he will probably be waived after June 1, when the Packers would take a lighter blow against their 2002 cap.

    Freeman's salary cap number for next season is $5.728 million, including a $1.428 million charge for the prorated portion of the $10 million bonus he signed as part of a seven-year, $42 million contract in 1999.

    His production has slipped every year since then. Last season, his 52 receptions for 818 yards and six touchdowns marked his lowest output since his rookie season in 1995.

    Still, he is by far the Packers' best route-runner and he and Favre have formed the most prolific active touchdown tandem in the NFL, having connected for 57 TDs. Also, Freeman was Green Bay's best receiver in the postseason last year, catching 13 passes for 138 yards and three touchdowns.

    The Packers already have lost starter Bill Schroeder to Detroit and backup Corey Bradford to Houston via free agency.

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  • DJRamFan
    McKenzie's Holdout Might Be Over
    by DJRamFan
    By ARNIE STAPLETON
    AP Sports Writer

    Green Bay Packers cornerback Mike McKenzie's holdout could end soon.

    "All I know is I'm meeting with Mike tomorrow at 8 o'clock," coach-general manager Mike Sherman told The Associated Press on Tuesday night.

    Sherman said he was meeting with his recalcitrant cornerback at Lambeau Field.

    Would he welcome back his best cover cornerback who has missed all offseason workouts while seeking a trade and saying he doesn't think the Packers can win under Sherman?

    "I've said time and time again over the last couple of months" that McKenzie would be welcomed back, Sherman said in a phone interview.

    Sherman reiterated there would be no adjustment in or promise to sweeten McKenzie's current contract.

    McKenzie became upset this offseason when several cornerbacks of lesser talent surpassed him in compensation. McKenzie is entering the third season of a five-year, $17.1 million contract he signed in January 2002.

    He missed a weekly paycheck of $161,000 by failing to report to the team last week.

    McKenzie's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, didn't immediately return a phone message from The AP seeking comment.

    The Packers allowed Rosenhaus, and before him Brian Parker, to shop McKenzie, and Dallas and New Orleans showed the most interest. But the team's asking price of a first-round draft pick and a starter proved too high.

    The Packers over the weekend gave cornerback Al Harris, the starter on the right side, a five-year, nearly $19 million contract extension that included more than $7 million in bonuses.

    The Packers drafted cornerbacks Ahmad Carroll and Joey Thomas with their top two picks in April.

    Veteran Michael Hawthorne started in McKenzie's left cornerback spot in the Packers' 24-14 victory over Carolina on Monday night.
    -09-15-2004, 10:27 AM
  • Nick
    AP: Packers to Release Defensive Back Charles Woodson
    by Nick
    Packers to Release Defensive Back Charles Woodson
    By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer
    February 15, 2013 (AP)

    Charles Woodson is on the market.

    The Green Bay Packers have informed the 36-year-old defensive back he will be released with two years left on his contract.

    NFL.com first reported the move on Friday and it was confirmed by The Associated Press with Carl Poston, Woodson's agent. The team has not commented on reports that it has decided to cut Woodson.

    "The Packers told Charles they're going in a different direction," Poston told the AP. "Charles told me he still wants to play for a Super Bowl contender."

    Woodson signed a five-year deal before the 2010 season that was worth as much as $55 million. He missed nine games during the 2012 regular season because of a broken right collarbone and played in two postseason games for the Packers in his seventh year with the franchise.

    "We had a good run," Woodson wrote to ESPNWisconsin.com in a text message.

    Woodson was the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2009 and the Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1998. He spent the first eight years of his career with the Oakland Raiders, who drafted him out of Michigan with the No. 4 overall pick.

    He's the only player in NFL history with touchdowns off interceptions in six straight seasons, a feat he pulled off each year from 2006 to 2011, and leads the league with nine touchdowns off interceptions since 2006.

    Woodson was productive for the Packers, but they have some tough decisions to make this offseason to manage the salary cap. Woodson had a year left on his lucrative deal and linebacker A.J. Hawk is under contract next year for a team that probably wants to give long-term deals to receiver James Jones, linebacker Clay Matthews and defensive tackle B.J. Raji because each of the relatively young standouts could potentially be free agents following next season.

    The Packers clear about $10 million in cap space by releasing Woodson.

    Despite his age and recent injury, Woodson will likely be an in-demand free agent. He was injured last October, bounced back in time to defend two passes in the playoffs.

    "Charles has been a stud in this league for 15 years, so whenever he's on the field with us, he's always a huge threat," Hawk said in January. "Not only is he a threat to make huge plays throughout the game, but quarterbacks, I think they know where he's at every single play. He seems to know what receivers are running before they do. And I think he has an intimidation factor as well."

    Woodson had a career-high nine interceptions in 2009 and picked off seven passes in 2011 and made one interception in seven games during last year's injury-shortened season.

    The 1997 Heisman Trophy winner led Michigan to the 1997 national championship...
    -02-15-2013, 02:10 PM
  • RamWraith
    J.Johnson
    by RamWraith
    Joe Johnson has been cut by the Packers, would he be worth a chance if Little doesn't work out? It might make Little a little more expendable if he if found guilty. At least we would have a vet with potential.
    -06-10-2004, 08:13 AM
  • HUbison
    McKenzie gets his trade
    by HUbison
    Packers trade McKenzie to Saints

    By ARNIE STAPLETON, AP Sports Writer
    October 4, 2004

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Mike McKenzie got his wish Monday when he was traded to the New Orleans Saints for a second-round pick in 2005 and a backup quarterback.

    ``It's time to move on,'' Packers coach-general manager Mike Sherman said.

    Since ending his holdout without retracting his trade request three weeks ago, McKenzie has been paid more than $485,000, but played just nine snaps, all against Chicago. That led fans and teammates to wonder whether he was still holding out, but getting paid anyway.

    The recalcitrant cornerback sat out the last two games with a mysterious hamstring injury. He was left home when the Packers traveled to Indianapolis two weeks ago and wasn't on the sideline Sunday when the Packers lost to the New York Giants at home.

    ``Mission accomplished,'' McKenzie's agent, Drew Rosenhaus told The Associated Press. ``It's important to relay that there's no hard feelings on Mike's behalf. He's obviously grateful they were able to work out a deal and there's certainly not going to be any backbiting or any negativity on our behalf.''

    Rosenhaus said McKenzie will play under the terms of his current contract, but he hopes to have talks with Saints general manager Mickey Loomis soon about an upgrade.

    ``(Loomis) understands the dynamics that went into Mike's situation: his contract was obviously an issue,'' Rosenhaus said. ``We hope to get that resolved; whether that happens this season or in the winter, I'm not going to make that an issue. We are certainly not going to try to squeeze the Saints right now in regard to the contract.''

    The Packers acquired quarterback J.T. O'Sullivan, 25, and the second-round selection in the 2005 draft in return for McKenzie, 28, and a future conditional draft choice. The Packers have been interested in O'Sullivan since the Saints took him in the sixth round of the 2002 draft out of Cal-Davis.

    Their interest was heightened when Brett Favre and backup Doug Pederson were injured Sunday. Favre has a mild concussion and is expected to practice this week and extend his record starting streak to 213 games, counting playoffs, against Tennessee next week. But Pederson was undergoing further tests Monday on his ribs and kidneys.

    The deal is the Packers' first midseason trade in 23 years involving active players from both teams.

    McKenzie, who is earning $2.75 million this year in the middle season of a five-year, $17.1 million deal he signed in January 2002, became upset when several cornerbacks of lesser talent surpassed him in compensation this offseason.

    McKenzie instructed agent Brian Parker to seek a contract renegotiation in February, converting a $200,000 workout bonus into two $100,000 roster bonuses due in April...
    -10-04-2004, 01:52 PM
  • Nick
    Packers could be big spenders; B.J. Raji might depart
    by Nick
    Packers could be big spenders; B.J. Raji might depart
    By Dan Hanzus
    Around the League Writer
    Published: Feb. 12, 2014 at 09:09 p.m.
    Updated: Feb. 13, 2014 at 02:51 a.m.

    The Green Bay Packers are usually bystanders while other teams throw around millions in free agency. That's about to change.

    NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport said Wednesday on "NFL Total Access" that the Packers plan to take advantage of their nearly $30 million in cap space and acquire outside free agents, according to sources informed of the team's thinking.

    Rapoport reported on NFL Network that the Packers could sign as many as five players, which would be the most for the team since 2006.

    And who will Green Bay target? According to Rapoport, the team is committed to rebuilding its defense in a way that best suits the philosophy of defensive coordinator Dom Capers.

    That means getting more athletic and versatile along the defensive line. A major goal is to improve their ability to blitz and get after the quarterback. Green Bay finished with 44 sacks last season, tied for eighth in the league.

    This could be bad news for B.J. Raji, the standout defensive tackle who turned down $8 million to stay with the Packers last season. The Packers want defensive linemen that better resemble Datone Jones, last year's first-round draft pick. Raji and Ryan Pickett are 330-pound behemoths who might no longer fit what the team wants to do.

    The Packers made the decision to stick with Capers. Now they're committed to giving him a defense that plays to his strengths.
    -02-13-2014, 06:20 AM
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