Packers lukewarm on Boulware

The Green Bay Packers may have some interest in defensive end Peter Boulware, who was released recently by the Baltimore Ravens.

"We're doing some work on him to be sure," Packers general manager Ted Thompson told the Green Bay Press-Gazette. "But he's had a tough time with injuries, so you'd have to be really careful on that."

Boulware was waived by the Ravens last Thursday for salary cap reasons after he turned down a proposed pay cut. He had a career-high 15 sacks in 2001 and a combined 15 1/2 sacks in 2002 and 2003. Drafted in the first round (4th pick overall) by the Ravens in 1997, Boulware has earned Pro Bowl honors in 1998, 1999, 2002 and 2003.

Boulware is also coming off toe and knee injuries that cost him all of last season. At age 30, there is a very real risk factor with the former Ravens pass-rushing linebacker. But that didn't keep nine teams from contacting him within days of his release from Baltimore.

Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila and Aaron Kampman are the starting ends for the Packers. The reserves include R-Kal Truluck, Kenny Peterson, Corey Williams and sixth-round draft pick Mike Montgomery.

Other teams that might be interested in Boulware are the Seattle Seahawks and Cleveland Browns.

Seattle doesn't have much cap room, but might be willing to cut a few players to create the necessary space. The Seahawks are in dire need of an outside pass rusher, and in return Seattle offers Boulware the opportunity to play with younger brother Michael, a Seahawks starting safety.

Another intriguing possible destination is Cleveland. The Browns are looking to switch to the 3-4 defense, but lack the quick outside linebackers to pull it off successfully. They know Boulware possesses that quality, and have seen it twice a year since Boulware entered the league.

Is it worth spending a few million dollars on a 30-year-old linebacker who had shoulder issues to go with his other ailments?

"He's healthy and when healthy he's one of the premier pass rushers in the league," Boulware's agent Roosevelt Barnes said.

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