Free agent WR signs

The Packers signed wide receiver Windrell Hayes, a former fifth round draft pick of the New York Jets, to a free agent contract.<p>

Hayes, 5-11 and 198 pounds, was selected by the Jets out of USC in the 2000 NFL draft. He played in 8 games as a rookie, making 6 catches for 126 yards (21.0-yard average), with a long of 32 yards. In 2001, Hayes appeared in two regular season games before being placed on waivers October 29.

The Packers currently have nine wide receivers under contract. Bill Schroeder and Corey Bradford are unrestricted free agents and their future in Green Bay is uncertain. Same with Antonio Freeman, who likely will be released after June 1 if he does not agree to restructure his current contract with the team. Freeman is scheduled to count $5.7 million against the team's salary cap in 2002, which is far more than what he is worth considering his production totals in the last two seasons.

The Stockton, Calif., native was a second team, All-Pacific 10 Conference selection as a senior, when he led Trojan receivers with 55 catches for 720 yards, a 13.1-yard average, and 4 touchdowns. Earlier, he had his best collegiate season as a sophomore at San Jose State in 1996, posting 58 receptions for 848 yards, a 14.6-yard average, and 4 touchdowns.

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