Tolliver agrees to one-year deal

Quarterback Billy Joe Tolliver signed a one-year contract with the Green Bay Packers Monday. Tolliver, an 11th-year pro, will compete with Doug Pederson for the backup job to Brett Favre when training camp opens on July 28.

Tolliver reported will be paid the veteran's minimum of $477,000 this season if he makes the team. The Packers are currently about $500,000 under the NFL salary cap of $67.4 million, and will need to clear about $1 million in order to sign their top draft picks - defensive end Jamal Reynolds, wide receiver Robert Ferguson and linebacker Torrance Marshall. The Packers also are working on signing running back Ahman Green to a long-term deal. Green has said that he would like to get that finished before training camp begins.

Tolliver, 35, has played in 79 games and started in 47 over his career. He was teammates with Favre in 1991 in Atlanta, a year before Favre was traded to Green Bay in '92. Tolliver was with the New Orelans Saints last year, but did not play. In '99, he played in 10 games, starting in seven, and primarily shared the quarterback duties with Billy Joe Hobert. Tolliver finished the '99 season by throwing for 1,916 yards and seven touchdowns with 16 interceptions.

Originally a second-round draft selection by San Diego out of Texas Tech in 1989 (the 51st player chosen), Tolliver had the most productive year of his career to date with the Chargers in 1990, starting 14 games and completing 216 of 410 passes for 2,574 yards - all of the numbers representing career highs.

Three years later, he started 7 of 10 games played while with the then-Houston Oilers, completing 121 of 240 passes for 1,287 yards and 6 touchdowns, with 7 interceptions, over the 1994 season.

Tolliver subsequently spent the 1995 season with the Shreveport Pirates of the Canadian Football League, completing 273 of 461 passes for 3,767 yards and 16 touchdowns, with 15 interceptions.

As a collegian, he had been a four-year starter at Texas Tech (1985-88) and set school records for passing attempts (1,007), completions (493), passing yards (6,756) and touchdown passes (38). He was intercepted 40 times.

Earlier, as a senior at Boyd (Texas) High School, he led his team to the Class AA state title and was named 'Player of the Year' by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. He also compiled a 16-4 record as a pitcher for the school's baseball team, throwing 14 no-hitters with the aid of a fast ball clocked at 92 miles per hour. Tolliver also is a scratch golfer and won the $75,000 "Isuzu Celebrity Golf Challenge" in 1996.

Packer Report Top Stories