CB staying with Chiefs

The Green Bay Packers missed out on signing another unrestricted free agent defensive back Friday when William Bartee agreed in principal to terms of a four-year deal to remain with the Kansas City Chiefs.<p>

"We're pleased to have our last Chiefs unrestricted free agent remain in the fold," Chiefs President Carl Peterson said. "When we draft a player, we don't like to lose him."

Bartee (6-1, 200)visited Green Bay last week and the Packers reportedly offered him a contract. Bartee played for Packers' newly hired secondary coach Kurt Schottenheimer in 2000 with the Chiefs when Bartee was a rookie. The Packers were seeking Bartee as an alternative to Michael Hawthorne as a nickel cornerback. Hawthorne has yet to draw serious interest from any other team.

Bartee, who also visited with the New York Giants, entered the NFL as a second-round selection of the Chiefs in the 2000 NFL Draft. In 57 games (22 starts) with Kansas City, he has had 176 tackles (140 solo), 22 passes defensed, 2.0 sacks (-17.0 yards), one QB pressure and 42 special teams tackles along with a fumble recovery on special teams.

The University of Oklahoma product enjoyed his most productive NFL campaign in 2002 when he saw action in 14 contests (13 starts), racking up 80 tackles (71 solo) and seven passes defensed. He started five games during his second pro season in 2001, establishing a career-high eight passes defensed. He established a personal high with 12 special teams tackles as a rookie in 2000.

Bartee played in 17 games (11 starts) during two seasons at Oklahoma, working at both free safety and cornerback. He started all 11 contests as a senior in '99 when he was a second-team All-Big 12 selection. He spent two seasons at Butler County Community College in El Dorado, Kansas before joining the Sooners. Bartee prepped at Atlantic High School in Daytona Beach, Florida before embarking on his collegiate career.

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