"You always want to be around a great group of guys," Nickerson said earlier this week. "You want to be on a championship team. You want to be a guy that contributes in some way to it, and you want to have the memories.
"At this point, that's what I'm after. Been there, done that with everything else. I want to experience the things you experience as a team, and that's winning a championship."
Philadelphia reportedly offered more money to Nickerson than the Packers, but the Eagles could not guarantee a starting job to him. In Philadelphia, Nickerson would have had to compete against Barry Gardner for a starting job.
Nickerson will go atop the Packers middle linebacker depth chart.
"Certainly we didn't bring him in here to be a special teams player for us, as far as Hardy is concerned. I feel very fortunate to get someone of Hardy's character and what he has brought to different teams that he has played on. There have only been positive remarks about Hardy Nickerson. I'm anxious to get that caliber of player in person on our team."
Nickerson, who will turn 37 on Sept. 1, got a $750,000 going away present from the Jacksonville Jaguars. That was the portion of his base salary that was guaranteed and paid when he was released June 3. When he signed as an unrestricted free agent with Jacksonville in 2000, he received a four-year deal that averaged $1 million a year and included a $3.2 million signing bonus.
In 2000, he played in only six games before going on injured reserve with a knee injury, but he returned to play in 15 games in 2001. Nickerson, who spent the previous 13 years with Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay, had a personal-best three interceptions in 2001.
"He knows how to win," said Packers quarterback Brett Favre. "He's won in the past. He's always been a thorn in our side. He's a guy you enjoy playing against because you have to raise your level of play. Very instinctive. Smart. Like I said, he still can play. I would love to have him. ... Automatically, I think it would make our defense much better."