Freeman signs with Dolphins

Former Packers wide receiver Antonio Freeman signed a one-year contract with the Miami Dolphins today. Freeman is the fifth leading receiver in Green Packers history.<p>

Freeman, entering his 10th season, has played in 132 games and started in 91. Freeman served as the Packers' No. 4 receiver for much of the 2003 season, playing in the final 15 regular season games and both playoff games. He finished with 14 catches for 141 yards.

Freeman played eight of his nine seasons for the Packers, finishing with 431 catches for 6,651 yards (15.4 avg. per catch) and 57 touchdowns.

Freeman gives the Dolphins relief to a depleted receiving corps. Starter David Boston tore the patellar tendon in his left knee on Aug. 6 during combined workouts with the Texans. In Saturday night's preseason game, wideout Kendall Newson, who had claimed the No. 3 job with a superb training camp, suffered a season-ending Achilles tendon injury and was waived/injured today. Starters Chris Chambers and Derrius Thompson, plus backup Terrence Wilkins are all nursing minor injuries as well.

Freeman, originally a third-round draft choice of the Packers in 1995 (90th overall), played the first seven seasons of his career with Green Bay, moved on to Philadelphia in 2002, then re-signed with the Packers last season when Donald Driver (neck) and Robert Ferguson (knee) suffered injuries in the season opener. The former Virginia Tech star, once one of the NFL's most dependable and feared playmakers, has a resume that includes 477 receptions, 7,251 yards and 61 touchdowns.

Since 2001 when the Packers cut Freeman for salary cap considerations, he has posted just 60 catches for 741 yards and four touchdowns in 31 appearances.

The Dolphins also placed former Packers safety Chris Akins (2000-01) on injured reserve.

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