Packers sign 16 free agents

The Green Bay Packers have signed 16 free agents to the team's 80-man roster. Veterans include safety Scott Frost and lineman Ed Kehl.<p>

Of the other newcomers, the Packers will take a close look at wide receiver Karsten Bailey, a third-year pro, whom the Packers had high on their draft board in 1999. Bailey was taken in the third round by the Seattle Seahawks at the time but only caught six passes for 62 yards in nine games for the Seahawks in '99 and 2000. He was out of football last year.

"It'll all be about his effort," Seahawks director of pro personnel Will Lewis told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "From the time he got here to when he left, his level of intensity went from about 70% to about 90%. He's a talented young receiver."

Besides Frost and Kehl, the Packers also re-signed cornerback Hurley Tarver and linebacker Paris Lenon. Both were with the team at various times last year.

The other signees include:

– Wide receiver Emile White

– Fullbacks Reggie Brown, Joseph Dozier

– Defensive ends Aaron Fields, Terry Bryant

– Offensive lineman Tim Stuber

– Guard/center Christopher Watton

– Safeties Terrence Carroll, George White

– Linebacker Cornell Menefee Jr.

– Punter Cory Sargent

Tarver, 26, is making his seventh trip to Green Bay since April of last year. In the interim, he had been re-signed to the practice squad on five occasions.

It is the third time around in Green and Gold for Lenon, who had initially been signed to the active roster on April 26, 2001. He later was waived July 25 and signed with Seattle August 16. He later was waived by the Seahawks and out of football until signed to the team's practice squad December 27.

Brown, 6 feet even and 241 pounds, also was a third-round draft pick of the Seahawks in 1996. Out of football since August 16, when he was waived by Seattle, he spent five seasons with the Seahawks. He had his most productive year in 1999 when he caught 34 passes for 228 yards and one touchdown.

Frost, 6-3 and 219 pounds, had been signed as a free agent late last season (Dec. 19) and was inactive for the last three regular season games and the Packers' two playoff contests. A four-year NFL veteran who had spent his first three seasons with the New York Jets, he had played in 11 games for the Cleveland Browns prior to being waived December 10, 2001.

The 6-4, 280-pound Bryant, a three-year starter as a collegian at Clemson, was in the Washington Redskins' training camp prior to the 2001 season.

Fellow defensive end Aaron Fields will be returning to the Packers' practice field, having spent five days in training camp last August before being cut. The 6-4, 259-pound Troy, Ala., State alumnus previously had been in camp with the Dallas Cowboys prior to the 2000 season.

Kehl, 6-4 and 317, originally joined the Packers' practice squad for the last two weeks of the 2000 season and spent the entire '01 season on it. The 29-year-old Brigham Young graduate is one of the most versatile linemen on the roster, being able to play guard or tackle on offense and end or tackle on defense.

Carroll, a 6-foot, 212-pound former Oregon State player, was on Philadelphia's 53-man active roster through November 11. Suspended for the Eagles' November 18 game at Dallas, he was waived Nov. 19.

The 6-1, 258-pound Dozier, out of New Mexico State, played for the Sabercats of the Arena Football League in both the 2000 and 2001 seasons.

Watton, 6-3 and 305 pounds, out of Baylor, originally signed on as a free agent with the Arizona Cardinals on April 28, 2000. Waived during the preseason, he was out of football during the 2000 season. He later played for the Scottish Claymores of the NFL Europe League in the spring of 2001, then signed on with Baltimore in July of 2001. He was with the Ravens throughout the preseason before being waived in the final cutdown for the regular season.

The 6-foot-3, 250-pound Menefee, a three-year performer at Mississippi State, played for the Memphis Maniax of the XFL during their early 2001 season and was out of football during the NFL season which followed.

Stuber, 6-5 and 315 pounds, was initially signed as a free agent by the San Diego Chargers in June of 2001. Waived a month later, he signed on with Arizona and later was waived during the preseason.

George White, a 6-1, 210-pound safety out of Boston College, played for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League the past two seasons.

Emile White, 6 feet and 219 pounds and a two-year starter at the University of Houston, was in training camp with the New York Giants prior to the '01 season.

The 6-3, 220-pound Sargent, a University of Michigan product, was out of football during the 2001 season and spent it teaching middle school in the Detroit area.

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