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Ex-Packer stars get pink slips

Their Packer stardom catapulted them to contracts elsewhere. Now Dorsey Levens and Antonio Freeman are facing the flip side of "relocation."<P>

Levens, 34, was released Sunday after a short two-week stint with the Philadelphia Eagles - the team he left Green Bay for in 2002.

The Eagles re-signed Levens after losing Correll Buckhalter to a season-ending knee injury. Levens ran for 37 yards on 12 carries vs. the Jets in his only preseason appearance.

Levens signed with Philly in 2002, and played in all 16 games for the Eagles that season. He gained 411 yards on 75 carries with one touchdown as a backup.

Moving on to the NY Giants in 2003, Levens played in 11 games, gaining 197 yards on 68 carries with three touchdowns.

The Packers originally drafted Levens out of Georgia Tech with their second fifth-round pick in 1995 - no. 149 overall - making his one of their all-time draft bargains.

Like Levens, Freeman left the Packers after the 2001 season and was most-recently signed as an injury replacement. Miami gave "Free" a shot after WR David Boston suffered a season-ending injury. The 32-year-old Freeman looked slow and ineffective in preseason and didn't pass the audition.

After seven seasons in Green Bay, Free went to Philly where he teamed with Levens and appeared in 16 games with one start. He tallied 46 catches for 600 yards and four touchdowns.

Freeman returned to Green Bay for a warmly-received stint with lukewarm results in 2003. He had 14 catches for 141 yards, no touchdowns and a long reception of 15 yards. Beginning with Week 2, Freeman came off the bench in every game including the two postseason contests.

The highlight for Freeman's second Packer run came early. Despite suffering from tendinitis in his foot, Freeman recorded a team-high 4 catches for 32 yards in his first game back - a 31-6 thrashing of Detroit Sept. 14.

Freeman was part of the Packer's successful draft class of 1995. He was the team's fourth pick in the third round, no. 90 overall out of Virginia Tech. His draft classmates included Craig Newsome, Darius Holland, William Henderson, Brian Williams, Adam Timmerman and Travis Jervey. All but Newsome - the class' top pick - remain on NFL rosters.

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