Packers Sign Veteran Cornerback

The Green Bay Packers signed cornerback Keith Thibodeaux and released linebacker Andre O'Neal on Monday. Thibodeaux, a fourth-year pro, was recently released by the Minnesota Vikings.

Thibodeaux, 5-11 and 189 pounds, was placed on waivers by the Vikings on Oct. 15. He had five tackles. He mainly played on special teams. In 2000, he had 11 tackles, 9 of them unassisted, while playing in all 16 games. He also had 19 tackles as a defensive back, 17 of them solo stops, and 1 interception among 4 passes defensed.

Thibodeaux (pronounced "TIB-ah-DOE"), originally was a fifth-round selection of the Washington Redskins in the 1997 NFL draft, the 140th player chosen. Despite playing behind veterans Darrell Green and Chris Dishman in the Washington secondary as a rookie, Thibodeaux, 27, played in 15 games and finished the season with 14 total tackles, 1 pass defensed and 1 forced fumble . He also posted 4 tackles on special teams.

Waived by the Redskins Aug. 25, 1998, he was out of football during the '98 season, subsequently signing with the Atlanta Falcons as a free agent on Feb. 5, 1999. Waived Nov. 2, 1999, after playing in 8 games for Atlanta, he signed with Minnesota on Nov. 4, 1999, and played in three games for the Vikings before being placed on injured reserve Dec. 23 with a shoulder injury. With Atlanta, he posted 4 tackles as a defensive back and one solo stop on special teams, later registering 3 special teams tackles after signing with the Vikings Nov. 4.

Thibodeaux remained on Minnesota's roster through the 2000 season. Terminated March 2, 2001, he later re-signed as a free agent July 27, 2001, and was with the Vikings through the first five weeks of the regular season before being waived Oct. 15.


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