Packers trade for return specialist

In an effort to boost their punt and kickoff return game, the Green Bay Packers traded with the Dallas Cowboys for receiver/kick returner Reggie Swinton on Tuesday. The Packers gave the Cowboys a seventh-round selection in next year's NFL draft for Swinton.<p>

The Packers only owe the Cowboys a draft pick if they keep Swinton on the 53-man roster for five games, or on the 45-man game-day active roster for three. If the Packers release him prior to those conditions, Green Bay will not owe Dallas a draft pick.

To make room for Swinton on the 53-player roster, the Packers waived wide receiver Chris Jackson, who was signed by the Packers Sept. 10 when Donald Driver and Robert Ferguson suffered injuries.

Swinton, 28, is a third-year player who had been demoted as the Cowboys' top returner a few weeks ago. The 6-foot, 185-pound Swinton returned three kickoffs for an average of 21.7 yards in the season opener against Atlanta but was deactivated the last two games. He was replaced by rookie receiver Zuriel Smith as the Cowboys' punt and primary kickoff returner.

"I really don't know what I'm going to do right now," Swinton told "Things are happening really fast. But, I'm glad to go to a place where I'm wanted. I'm looking forward to going to Green Bay and being a Packer."

Swinton was the Cowboys' top return man in 2001 and 2002. Last year he averaged 24.9 yards per kickoff return, including a 100-yard touchdown return against Philadelphia. He averaged 13.4 yards per punt return in 2001 and returned a punt 65 yards for a touchdown against Denver.

Swinton will challenge Antonio Chatman to return punts and kickoffs. Chatman has averages of 23.4 yards on 16 kickoff returns (24th in the league) and 9.4 yards on nine punt returns (18th in the NFL) in the first four games this season.

Chatman, a former Arena League star, was signed in June and won the return job in training camp. The Cowboys signed Swinton as a free agent in 2001 after he starred as the top receiver and returner for the Arkansas Twisters of Arena Football League 2 (af2).

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