All aboard - Packers sign Barnett

First-round draft pick Nick Barnett has agreed to terms with the Packers, inking a deal Saturday night, according to wire and broadcast reports. The Oregon State linebacker is the ninth and final draft pick to sign, meaning the entire '03 draft class will be in training camp.<P>

Barnett was not at the rookies' first practice at Clarke Hinkle Field Saturday, but is expected to make his camp debut Sunday in the 10:30 a.m. session.

Terms were not released, but Barnett's agent, Jack Scharf, said Barnett agreed to a seven-year deal. According to reports, the deal is comparable to the seven-year, $8.8 million deal Kansas City recently gave running back Larry Johnson. Johnson was taken two spots ahead of Barnett in the first round at No. 27.

Barnett, who was in Green Bay, could not participate in practice until the deal was finalized, but demostrated his intentions by showing up near the field anyway.

"I called him (at about 3 p.m.) to let him know where things stood with the negotiations," Scharf told the Associated Press. "I asked him what he was doing, and he said he was in his vehicle watching the practice. I thought he was referring to the TV show ‘The Practice,' and I was wondering why he was in his vehicle and not back at his place watching it. "He said, ‘No, I'm across the street from the field watching (the team) practice.' "

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