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    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.

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    He's been hurt alot, and was a big bust for the Packers. Some are saying he's the biggest bust ever in the history of free agency.

    Check this out:

    Johnson sent packing
    Packers get rid of free-agent blunder
    By CLIFF CHRISTL
    [email protected]

    Green Bay - By releasing defensive end Joe Johnson late Wednesday afternoon, the Green Bay Packers have conceded what has been obvious for eight months or more: that Johnson was one of the most colossal and outlandishly expensive free-agent blunders since full-scale free agency was adopted by the National Football League 11 years ago.

    Johnson, 31, was given what over time amounted to a $6.5 million signing bonus as part of a six-year, $33 million contract that he signed in March 2002. In his two seasons with the Packers, Johnson played in 11 games and contributed two sacks and 25 tackles.

    He suffered a season-ending triceps injury that required surgery in the fifth game of the 2002 season. He suffered a season-ending thigh injury that required surgery in the sixth game of the 2003 season.

    By releasing Johnson, the Packers will gain $4 million in salary cap room this season. They also are no longer obligated to pay $22 million in base salaries over the next four years that were called for in Johnson's contract. But they will be forced to take a $3.25 million cap hit next year.

    How difficult was it for the Packers to swallow that big a contract after that little production?

    "I can only speak to the financial part of it," said Andrew Brandt, the team's vice president of player finance. "Obviously, the way the salary cap works, it's a double-edge sword. It's a good day for the 2004 cap and a not so good day for the 2005 cap."

    The Packers discussed with Johnson the possibility of renegotiating his contract and bringing him back this season, but made little headway. Johnson, according to Brandt, hopes to sign with another NFL team

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