Packers on Gildon's final list

The agent for free-agent linebacker Jason Gildon says his client is choosing between "filet mignon and steak" as the Packers, Bengals and Bills court the former Pro Bowler.

Which cut of meat Gildon chooses, however, remains a never-ending saga similar to this spring's Tim Couch watch.

Agent Peter Schaffer told The Green Bay News-Chronicle that a signing is not imminent as his client mulls three worthy offers.

Gildon was released June 2 for salary-cap issues. The former Pro Bowl linebacker is Pittsburgh's all-time leading sacker. But after tallying 13.5 sacks in 2000 and 12 in 2001, Gildon's sack numbers have dropped as his age — he'll be 32 at the end of the month — has increased. He finished with six sacks last season.

"The people out of Pittsburgh think he's just a guy," an NFL scout told "Age has probably caught up with him. He could be effective with the right team."

Despite the declining production and age issues, Schaffer says his client is happy with the buffet of suitors in front of him.

"All those teams have something that is attractive," Schaffer told the Bengals' Web site. "The Bills have the No. 1 defense (actually No. 2 from last season); the Packers are the favorite to win the NFC; and the Bengals are coming off that first great season under (head coach) Marvin (Lewis). "Right now, (Gildon's) trying to decide between filet mignon and steak."

Gildon, who visited Packers minicamp on June 4, would be a situational pass rusher to complement Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila. He played an outside linebacker in the Steelers' 3-4 alignment but would play defensive end in the Packers' 4-3 grouping.

Even if Gildon wants to sign with the Packers, the transaction will be hard to pull off without reworking other contracts. The Packers are about $3 million under the league's $80.5 million salary cap, but $2.7 million of that money is due to the team's draft picks.

Nonetheless, Schaffer says he talks to the Packers "every day" and they're "still involved" in the negotiating process.

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