Packers, Gbaja-Biamila agree to 7-year deal

Defensive end Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, once released by the Packers as a rookie, agreed to a seven-year, $37 million contract Tuesday to remain in Green Bay. Gbaja-Biamila, who was a restricted free agent, received $13 million in guarantees as part of the deal.<p>

The Packers will hold a press conference at 4 p.m. (CT) to announce the re-signing.

Gbaja-Biamila, a fourth year pro, drew considerable attention from the Philadelphia Eagles after the Packers tendered him a one-year, $1.318 million offer as a restricted free agent in February. After negotiating with both sides, the 6-foot-4, 253-pound defensive end agreed to remain a Packer.

"Kabeer is thrilled to stay with the Packers,'' his agent, Bruce Tollner told "He and his wife prayed on whether or not to take the long-term deal. He did it because he has such great faith for the Packers and their fans. Kabeer has such a great relationship with the fans there. He received so many letters saying, 'Please stay.'''

Gbaja-Biamila joins Na'il Diggs, who also signed a contract extension with the Packers within recent days. Diggs also was a restricted free agent, who signed an offer sheet with the Detroit Lions, but the Packers opted to match the offer.

Gbaja-Biamila had 12 sacks last season and 13.5 in 2001. He was released by the Packers in the final roster cutdown in August of 2000. But the Packers re-signed him to the team's five-man practice squad.

The Packers drafted him in the fifth round in 2000 from San Diego State.

In 2002, he made a career-high 45 tackles and his 12 sacks brought him to seventh place on the Packers' career list with 27.

"After much deliberation and prayer, I'm glad that this matter has been brought to a positive resolution," Gbaja-Biamila said.

The Packers also re-signed Cletius Hunt to a six-year, $25 million deal after naming him the franchise player. They had lost linebacker Nate Wayne to the Eagles after cutting him and lost cornerbacks Tyrone Williams and Tod McBride to the Falcons.

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