Linebacker Rob Holmberg, Packers Ink Deal

The Green Bay Packers have signed free agent linebacker Rob Holmberg today.<p>

Holmberg, 6-3 and 240 pounds, signed with the Packers as a free agent last season on Dec. 12, 2001, and played in the club's final four regular season games, making two starts, and both postseason games.

Torrance Marshall was inserted for Gizzi as an emergency starter for backup Chris Gizzi prior to Green Bay?s game at Tennessee on Dec. 16. But Holmberg started the next two weeks (vs. Cleveland Dec. 23 and vs. Minnesota Dec. 30) when both starters Nate Wayne and Gizzi were sidelined with injuries.

Holmberg finished the regular season with 13 tackles (9 solo) and one forced fumble. Also appearing in both playoff contests, primary in a special teams role, Holmberg tied for the team lead with 2 coverage stops and also made 1 tackle and 1 pass defensed in brief action from scrimmage vs. San Francisco (Jan. 13).

The 30-year-old Penn State alumnus has appeared in 112 career games, with 8 starts, over his eight-year career and has posted 51 tackles (40 solo), including 2 sacks, and 3 passes defensed, 2 forced recoveries and 2 fumble recoveries.

Originally drafted in the seventh round in 1994 by the then-Los Angeles Raiders, with whom he spent his first four NFL seasons, Holmberg has also seen action with the Indianapolis Colts (3 games in 1998), New York Jets (9 games in 1998), Minnesota Vikings (16 games in 1999), New England Patriots (16 games in 2000 and 2 games in 2001) and Carolina Panthers (1 game in 2001).

As a collegian at Penn State, Holmberg earned Academic All-Big Ten honors as a senior in 1993, posting 37 tackles (including 2 sacks) and making one interception. He earlier had been an all-conference quarterback and team captain as a senior at Mt. Pleasant, Pa., area high school.

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