Linebacker to visit Green Bay

Free agent linebacker Monty Beisel is scheduled to visit the Green Bay Packers next week, according to reports.<p>

On Wednesday Beisel was in Pittsburgh talking with the Steelers about a backup linebacker position. He also is scheduled to be in New England on Monday to visit with the Patriots. Beisel then will fly to Green Bay on Tuesday and meet with the Packers on Wednesday of next week.

A Kansas State product, the 26-year-old Beisel (6-foot-3, 238 pounds) was one of the Chiefs' better tacklers and is an exceptional special teams player. He played all three linebacker positions in 11 games for the Chiefs last year. He started nine games mainly at middle linebacker and finished with 43 tackles and 2.5 sacks, both career highs.

The Packers will look at Beisel, first of the Chiefs' two picks in the fourth round (107th overall) of the 2001 NFL Draft, to fill a backup spot at outside linebacker. Strong-side linebacker Hannibal Navies is an unrestricted free agent. Navies started the past two seasons in Green Bay, but he has received little interest from the Packers and other teams in free agency.

Nick Barnett and Na'il Diggs are the other two starters for the Packers. The only reserves on Green Bay's roster from last year include Steve Josue and Paris Lenon.


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