Packers sign versatile running back

Free agent running back/fullback Adam Tate signed with the Green Bay Packers, the team announced. Tate was the second-leading rusher for the Frankfurt Galaxy in NFL Europe this season.<p>

Tate finished with 207 yards on 53 attempts (3.9-yard avg.) and scored two touchdowns in the 10-week spring league. The Galaxy had a 6-4 record and beat the Rhein Fire in World Bowl XI last Saturday. Tate also caught 10 passes for 87 yards (8.7-yard avg.).

Tate, 25, signed as an undrafted rookie with the Jacksonville Jaguars in April of 2002. He was placed on waivers late in training camp last year and was out of football until the NFL Europe season began.

Tate is a longshot to make the Packers 53-man roster. Ahman Green, William Henderson and Najeh Davenport are locks to make the team. The other two spots will be up for grabs between veteran Lamar Smith, Nick Luchey, Tony Fisher, Reggie White, Jerry Westbrooks, Tommy Collins, and Tate.

Tate split time at running back and gained 1,479 yards rushing in 320 attempts over two seasons at the University of Utah. He had 19 rushing touchdowns, which ranks seventh on the school's all-time list, including 12 as a senior in 2001, third on the university's single-season list.


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