Linebacker, wide receiver sign

The Green Bay Packers signed linebacker Steve Josue and wide receiver Scottie Vines to free agent contracts today. Both were on the team's five-man practice squad last season.<p>

Josue, the Packers' fourth of four picks in the seventh round of the 2003 NFL draft, was released in the final cutdown for the regular season, then re-signed to the practice squad. The 6-2, 222, Carson-Newman graduate played in four preseason games. Josue has above average speed and quickness, but the Packers feel he needs to be bigger and stronger in order to gain a roster spot.

Vines was signed to the Packers' practice squad Sept. 2 and was later placed on the practice squad/injured list (knee) Nov. 25. Packers coach Mike Sherman was so impressed with Vines during practices toward the middle of the season that he included him on a road trip to Tampa Bay. Practice squad players normally do not travel with the team.

The 6-2, 203-pounder out of the University of Wyoming originally signed as a rookie free agent with Detroit May 2, 2003, and was waived Aug. 27.

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