Safety to meet with Packers

The Green Bay Packers are scheduled to meet with veteran free agent safety Arturo Freeman late next week, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.<p>

Freeman was released by the Miami Dolphins prior to the start of the draft in a salary cap move. By cutting Freeman, Miami avoided having to pay him a $3 million base salary and $300,000 roster bonus due in the final year of a two-year contract.

The Packers have a glaring hole at safety where they lost veterans Darren Sharper and Bhawoh Jue in free agency. Mark Roman, who struggled in his first season with the Packers last year, is the only returning starter. The Packers signed veteran free agent Todd Franz in March to bolster depth at the position.

Green Bay is expected to select a safety in the upcoming NFL draft, but it may also try to pursue signing Freeman, who started 29 of 72 games in Miami under defensive coordinator Jim Bates, as insurance. Bates took over as Green Bay's defensive coordinator in January when Bob Slowik was released from the position.

New Dolphins coach Nick Saban signed New Orleans' Tebucky Jones and Carolina's Traveres Tillman in free agency. The two are expected to be Miami's starting safety duo, leaving Freeman the odd man out.

Freeman, entering his sixth season in the NFL, started the final seven games of the year after ex-Packer Antuan Edwards was released. Freeman started nine games in all in 2004 and finished tied for the club lead with four interceptions.

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