Packers re-sign Wilkins

The Packers have re-signed third-year linebacker Marcus Wilkins to an exclusive rights free agent contract, the team announced.<P>

Wilkins, 24, was one of just three undrafted rookies to make the Packer roster in 2002. Since then, he has been a consistent contributor on special teams and has provided depth at linebacker.

The 6-foot-2, 235-pound Wilkins played in seven games last year but was hampered by injury late in the season. A calf strain suffered in the regular-season finale vs. the Broncos kept him out of the playoffs. He was inactive for the wild card win over Seattle and was placed on injured reserve before the Packers' divisional loss in Philadelphia.

Before the injury shorted his season, Wilkins turned in some memorable highlights in 2003. He recovered a Denver fumble in the end zone for a touchdown in the win over the Broncos. He'll make the media guide with an earlier play too: Wilkins gave the Packer their first blocked punt in six seasons when he deflected Brad Maynard's attempt late in the first quarter of Green Bay's Monday Night win at Chicago Sept. 29.


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