Packers Sign Free Agent Cornerback

The Green Bay Packers have signed rookie free agent cornerback Sam Young on Saturday. Young takes the place of cornerback Andre Dixon who was waived.

An undrafted rookie from Illinois State, the 5-11, 182-pound Young had signed with Chicago April 27 and been with the Bears through their offseason minicamps before being placed on waivers July 19.

A three-year starter at Illinois State, the 23-year-old Chicago native holds the school record for pass deflections in a career (44), in a season (20) and in a game (6, twice). An All-Gateway Conference first team selection in both 1999 and 2000, Young posted 4 career interceptions, three as a junior. He started all eight games in which he played as a senior and, despite missing three games with a thumb injury, still managed to lead the conference in passes defensed with 20.

As a prep, Young was an all-city selection at Chicago's Simeon High School after leading his team in tackles as a senior. He also won the city title in track in the 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles.

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