Fullbacks, receiver sign

Fullbacks Chris Gall and Kevin McLeod, and wide receiver Kerry Hood were signed to free agent contracts by the Green Bay Packers on Tuesday. <p>

Gall, 6 feet and 240 pounds, was on the team's practice squad all of last season. He previously had been on the Packers' practice squad in 1999 and on the Kansas City Chiefs' practice squad briefly in 2000. Gall, 25, originally had signed with the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent in April of 1999 and was waived three months later.

Gall played in 40 games for the University of Indiana with 20 starts. He closed out his collegiate career with 343 rushing yards and 7 touchdowns on 86 attempts and also caught 84 passes for 665 yards and 3 TDs.

The 6-foot, 196-pound Hood was signed as a free agent by the Carolina Panthers out of the University of South Carolina as a free agent in 2000 and spent the bulk of that season on the Panthers' practice squad. The Jamaican-born wideout was promoted to the 53-man roster late in the year and was inactive for the team's final five games. Returning to the Panthers' training camp in 2001, he subsequently was placed on waivers July 31 and was out of football for the balance of the season.

Hood, 25, had 60 catches for 777 yards and nine touchdowns during three-plus seasons with the Gamecocks. He also made 11 kickoff returns for 203 yards as a sophomore.

McLeod, 6-foot, 250-pounds, originally was a sixth-round draft selection of the Jacksonville Jaguars in 1998, was waived late in the preseason (August 26) and was signed to the Tampa Bay practice squad October 27, 1998, where he remained for the balance of the season.

Rejoining the Buccaneers in 1999's training camp, McLeod was waived Sept. 5 in Tampa Bay's final cutdown for the regular season. He later was signed to the 53-man roster on Oct. 9 and thereafter appeared in 6 games, catching 2 passes for 5 yards.

Waived by the Buccaneers the following year (September 20, 2000), he was signed by Atlanta as a free agent January 25, 2001. He subsequently was with the Falcons through training camp and the preseason before being waived Sept. 2 in Atlanta's final roster reduction for the regular season. He was out of football for the remainder of the '01 season.

McLeod transferred to tight end from fullback as a senior at Auburn. He had 66 rushing attempts for 256 yards and 7 touchdowns over his collegiate career and caught 16 passes for 229 additional yards and 2 scores.

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