Dotson, Packers agree to deal

Free agent offensive lineman Earl Dotson has agreed to terms of a one-year contract with the Green Bay Packers. Dotson spent the 2001 season as a backup after overcoming a back injury that sidelined him most of the 2000 season.<p>

Dotson started at right tackle for the Packers from 1995 through the 1999 seasons. Mark Tauscher took over at right tackle when Dotson suffered a reherniation of the lumbar disk in his back at Buffalo on Sept. 10, 2000. He originally hurt his back lifting weights at his home prior to training camp a few months earlier.

Dotson reportedly will receive a $650,000 salary of which only $450,000 will count against the Packers' salary cap. The deal includes a $25,000 signing bonus.

The Packers have all five of their starting lineman under contract. Former backup Barry Stokes signed a free agent deal with the Cleveland Browns on April 1, and is expected to compete for a starting spot at left guard. Center Frank Winters remains the Packers' only unsigned offensive lineman. Winters is expected to sign with the team at or near the veterans' minimum of $650,000.

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