DE signs Vikings' offer

The Minnesota Vikings signed Green Bay Packers restricted free agent Aaron Kampman to a one-year offer sheet today. Terms of the offer were not disclosed, but the Packers will have one week to match the offer to the defensive end.<p>

"On Wednesday morning we received an offer sheet from the Minnesota Vikings to one of our restricted free agents, Aaron Kampman," Packers general manager Ted Thompson said in a release. "Our plan now is to take some time, to study the offer sheet to determine what is in the best interest of the Green Bay Packers.

"Under the rules established by the NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement, we have seven days to make this decision, which ends at 11 p.m. CDT next Wednesday (April 20)."

If the Packers decline to match Minnesota's offer, Green Bay will receive a fifth-round draft pick from the Vikings as compensation.

NFL teams have until April 15 to make offers to restricted free agents. The Packers had tendered Kampman at one year, $656,000. He became a starter in 2003 when Joe Johnson suffered a season-ending injury. Last year, Kampman started all 16 games and finished with 71 tackles and 4.5 sacks, more than his previous two seasons combined.

"There's been significant interest in Aaron," Neil Cornrich, Kampman's agent told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel last week. "Numerous teams have called and inquired about his status. It's very flattering and is the result of what Aaron has accomplished over his first three years in the league."

Just one restricted free agent changed teams last year and Cornrich was his agent. Pittsburgh declined to match New England's one-year, $1.3 million offer to defensive end Rodney Bailey. This year, Denver didn't match a five-year, $15 million offer from Seattle to cornerback Kelly Herndon and Minnesota announced last Thursday that it would not match a two-year, $1.5 million offer from Cleveland to safety Brian Russell.

If the Packers lost Kampman, they would almost certainly select a defensive end high in the upcoming NFL Draft. Corey Williams and Cullen Jenkins played behind Kampman last year.

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