Packers reach deal with Thomas

The Packers made more progress toward securing this year's draft picks with the signing of cornerback Joey Thomas Friday.<p> In another roster move, the team cut punter/kicker Travis Dorsch, GM/Head Coach Mike Sherman announced.<P>

Thomas is the fourth member of the draft class of '04 to reach an agreement. The team's first of three third-round draft choices, Thomas was the seventh pick in the third round (70th overall). Green Bay acquired the pick in a draft-day trade with Jacksonville.

The 6-1, 195-pound cornerback is the first player ever drafted by the Packers out of Montana State. He gained a reputation there as one of the top corners in Division 1-AA. Thomas led the Bobcats with four interceptions and a conference-leading 15 passes defensed in 2003.

Hailing from Burien, Wash. where he was all-state at John F. Kennedy High School, Thomas originally enrolled at Washington before transferring to Montana State.

Thomas joins C/G Scott Wells (seventh round), P B.J. Sander (third round) and DT Donnell Washington (third round) as draftees who have signed with the Packers this week. That leaves two - top pick CB Ahmad Carroll and sixth round pick DT Corey Williams. Rookies cannot practice without a contract.

The release of Dorsch marked the end of an experiment that was hampered by bad timing. Dorsch joined the 53-man roster the day before the Packers' Jan. 11 playoff loss at Philadelphia and attended both offseason mini-camps. At the post-draft camp, Dorsch was joined by third-round pick B.J. Sander in the punting ranks.

Dorsch's departure leaves Sander and Nathan Chapman as the punters on the Packers roster.

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