Ex-Packer signs with Giants

Ex-Packers running back Dorsey Levens signed a three-year, $2.5 million deal today with the New York Giants, a move that could lead to the departure of 1999 Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne.<p>

Levens, 33, agreed to the contract Friday. A former Pro Bowler, Levens has played nine years in the NFL, including eight with the Green Bay Packers and the 2002 season with the Philadelphia Eagles. Serving as a backup to Duce Staley last season, Levens had 75 rushing attempts for 411 yards (the third-highest total on the team) and one touchdown while playing in all 18 regular season and postseason games.

"I like the way he runs the ball," said Giants coach Jim Fassel. "He runs behind his pads, and he always seems to get that extra two or three yards. He is an athletic back who can run, catch and block."

As for Levens' role with the Giants, Fassel said, "Tiki Barber is our starter, and I want to keep Tiki healthy for 16 games. I don't want somebody who is going to play if Tiki gets hurt, I want somebody I can put in the game and give Tiki a break so Tiki stays healthy."

With Levens on board, Dayne, the Giants' first-round choice in the 2000 draft, probably will be traded or released. Dayne reportedly is disgruntled about playing behind Tiki Barber and angered team officials by skipping the off-season conditioning program.

Dayne, 25, has started just 11 games in three seasons and the former University of Wisconsin star has rushed for 1,888 yards and 15 touchdowns on 533 carries.

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