Post-draft minicamp notes

Wide receiver Marcus Robinson, released two weeks ago by the Chicago Bears, worked out with the Green Bay Packers on Thursday. The Packers conducted their second practice for veterans and selected free agents outside on Clarke Hinkle Field across from Lambeau Field.<p>

The Bears released Robinson on April 16 in a move that saved the team about $2.6 million on the salary cap. He played in 52 games over his five-year career in Chicago with 28 starts. But he suffered a knee injury in 2001 that forced him to miss the final ten games of the season, and he wasn't the same receiver when he returned to training camp last year.

Robinson, a seventh-year pro, owns the Bears record for receiving yards in a season with the 1,400 compiled on a career-high 84 catches in his breakout season of 1999. The South Carolina product ranks 16th in team history with 187 receptions and 19th with 2,695 receiving yards. Robinson recorded seven career 100-yard receiving games in his five seasons in Chicago.

In recent days, he visited with the Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Oakland Raiders, Detroit Lions, Balimore Ravens and the Packers. He may also visit with and/or work out for the New England Patriots an New York Jets.

Packers pro personnel director Reggie McKenzie liked what he saw of Robinson but the Packers did not make an immediate contract offer.

"From my gut feeling from talking to him and his agent, they've got promises from other places," McKenzie said. "We'll see."

Robinson is looking for a place where he can play, or possibly start. The Packers feature Donald Driver, Robert Ferguson and Javon Walker as their top three receivers.

"Wherever you go every team has structure, they have their top two guys, but it's up to you to pick a place," said Robinson. "I know (Green Bay) has two guys. I'm still going to try to beat those guys out. There's always a possibility as long as they give you an opportunity to play."

Winters re-signs

Center Frank Winters and the Packers agreed to a contract today. Terms of the deal were not released, but it is likely for one season.

Winters, 39, is entering his 17th season as a pro. He has been with the Green Bay Packers since 1992 when he was acquired as a Plan B free agent. Last year he played in 16 games and made 10 starts because of injuries to other linemen. He also started in Green Bay's playoff game against the Atlanta Falcons.

Winters has played in 231 games, the second-most among active NFL linemen. Lomas Brown has played in 263.

Looking good

Veteran quarterback Brett Favre, like coach Mike Sherman, has been impressed with free agent quarterback Eric Crouch. Crouch is attempting to make the roster as a quarterback after retiring from football last year. He was unhappy at the time because the St. Louis Rams wanted him to play wide receiver.

"The knock on him is he's short and wasn't in a passing offense in Nebraska, but I was very surprised how much heat he had on the ball and how well he threw it," said Favre.

Favre said he asked Crouch why he went to the University of Nebraska, where he won the Heisman Trophy in 1999.

"We joke with him a little bit," Favre said. "He's a good guy. I understand he wants to be a quarterback. He is a quarterback. I said, ‘Well, you shouldn't have went to Nebraska if you want to be looked at as a pro quarterback. I don't see too many pro scouts going to Nebraska to work out a quarterback, but he's done fine."


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