Dealing with Bidwell, Roman

The Green Bay Packers are making a push to sign free agent safety Mark Roman and re-sign punter Josh Bidwell. Also, the Packers have inquired about veteran cornerback Jeff Burris, who was released by the Cincinnati Bengals on Wednesday.<p>

Roman visited with the Packers on Monday and is scheduled to meet with the Chicago Bears on Friday. But his agent, Joel Segal, was in discussions with the Packers Wednesday, and an offer by the Packers may be on the horizon, according to a report in the Green Bay News-Chronicle.

Roman, a fifth-year pro, started all 16 games last season for the first time. He had 74 tackles, 62 of them solo. A second-round draft pick out of Louisiana State by Cincinnati, Roman would be challenging Marques Anderson for a starting spot alongside All-Pro Darren Sharper.

"It's definitely a place I want to go, but there's a business aspect to it that has to be worked out," said Roman.

The Bengals terminated the contract of Burris, an 11-year cornerback, saving $1.3 million in salary cap space in 2004. The Packers were one of a handful of teams that showed interest in Burris. Green Bay wants to re-inforce depth at cornerback because there are no assurances that free agent Michael Hawthorne will return. Also, starting right cornerback Al Harris is due to become a free agent after the 2004 season.

Burris, 31, was drafted out of Notre Dame by the Buffalo Bills and played with them for seven years. He also played with the Indianapolis Colts before going to Cincinnati.

Meanwhile, Green Bay reportedly offered Bidwell a five-year contract, including a signing bonus of $375,000. Bidwell met with the Miami Dolphins on Monday, but Miami is trying to re-sign veteran Matt Turk.

If the Packers are unable to re-sign Bidwell, they likely will seek another veteran to compete with Travis Dorsch, who was out of football last season. The 6-foot-6, 221-pound Dorsch was Cincinnati's fourth-round draft choice out of Purdue in 2002. He was signed by Green Bay in early January and has been working out at the Packers' facilities.

"Although I like Travis and he has a good amount of potential, we wouldn't just hand the job over to him," special teams coach John Bonamego told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "He's a very good athlete, but his problem has been consistency. But, gosh, when he hits it, he really kills it."

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