Wilkinson visits Green Bay

Free agent defensive tackle Dan Wilkinson visited Green Bay Tuesday. Is the former Redskin out of the Packers' price range or will he be the man to replace the injured Gilbert Brown?<p>

"Obviously, we feel like he's the best player out there at nose guard," said Packers vice president of football operations Mark Hatley.

"I'm glad he's here. It seems like he has some interest," Hatleysaid. "Now, how's the thing going to work out?"

Coincidentally, the Packers had scheduled a visit with Wilkinson even before Brown suffered a torn biceps muscle Saturday night in Atlanta.

Brown and Wilkinson were both in the Redskins' sights, but neither ended up with Washington this season. Brown visited there, which raised the stakes for Green Bay. The Packers eventually won out, giving $400,000 signing bonus to Brown, who will count $755,000 against the cap.

The Redskins cut Wilkinson July 29, after he turned down a pay cut from his team-high $3.5 million salary.

Now Green Bay joins New England and Detroit in vying for Wilkinson.

Don't expect anything to happen too quickly with the Packers' nose tackle situation. They may sit tight until the upcoming roster cutdowns. Also, the Packers haven't eliminated the guys in their own back yard.

"We've still got three guys that haven't been able to get on the field yet, and we've got to see what they can do," Hatley said.


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