Safety signs one-year deal

The Green Bay Packers re-signed safety Curtis Fuller to a one-year contract and waived defensive tackle John Hilliard.<p>

Fuller, 25, was scheduled to become a restricted free agent last Wednesday, but he signed off on a deal early last week that will pay him a base salary of $455,000 plus incentives, according to reports. Fuller was in line to receive the one-year, restricted free agent qualifying offer of $628,000 from the Packers. But Fuller, who will challenge Marques Anderson for a chance to start at safety alongside Darren Sharper this season, chose a deal that could reap more than the qualifying offer if he meets or exceeds the incentives. A lower salary also will work in his favor toward making the team.

"It's good for both parties," Fuller's agent Brian Mackler told the Green Bay News-Chronicle. "Curtis is looking to play, and (the promotion of defensive backs coach Bob Slowik to defensive coordinator) is a big part of this."

Fuller, a fourth-round pick of the Seahawks in 2001, was claimed on waivers by the Packers on Sept. 1 last year from the Seattle Seahawks. He played in 11 games overall and replaced an injured Antuan Edwards during Green Bay's Thanksgiving Day loss at Detroit and thereafter.

In Seattle from 2001-02, Fuller played in 26 games with two starts, had 47 tackles, one interception and four passes defensed. First-team all-conference both as a junior and senior at TCU, he started 32 of 33 games over three seasons in college.

Hilliard, signed Jan. 5 to a reserve/future contract, played in 27 games for Seattle over the 2000-02 seasons, with 11 starts, and 34 tackles. The Seahawks waived him in camp, Aug. 25, and he was out of football for the balance of 2003.

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