Always trying

The Packers are in a wait-and-see mode with a handful of prospective free agents, mainly because of their limited room under the salary cap. In the meantime, coach and general manager Mike Sherman says that Green Bay will continue to shop around in an effort to upgrade the team.<p>

Sherman indicated in his annual pre-draft press conference Thursday that he met with free agent running back Ki-Jana Carter on Wednesday in Green Bay, but the Packers also are pursuing running back Dorsey Levens, who was released in February.

"We're hoping we can sign ‘Dorse,' but you've got to move on," Sherman said. "We're going to be aggressive and see what's out there. (Carter) is a very nice young man and has talent, obviously. I'm sure in the big picture of things, Washington would like to sign their guy and we'd like to sign our guy."

Carter, the draft's No. 1 pick in 1995 by Cincinnati, was a backup for Stephen Davis last year for the Washington Redskins.

Sherman said the Packers probably will not be in the running for free agent middle linebacker Jeremiah Trotter. Trotter recently refused a one-year, $5.5 million offer from his former team, the Philadelphia Eagles. He concluded a two-day visit Thursday with the Houston Texans and may visit Green Bay today or tomorrow.

The Packers probably will not be able to sign Trotter at this time because they have less than $1 million in salary cap space available. If they do go after Trotter, it will have to be after June 1 when they are expected to release wide receiver Antonio Freeman.

"Mr. Trotter is at a level financially that we're not able to respond to in any way," Sherman said. "We will always agressively talk and massage and deal with people. You never know. But dealing with the present, we can't assume anything with Mr. Trotter because, A, he hasn't signed a contract with us, and, B, we really couldn't afford to give him one at this present juncture."

Sherman said there is still a possibility that Freeman may agree to a restructured deal with the Packers.

"We just have to wait and see what his best opportunity is and what our best opportunity is." Green Bay reportedly sent a representative to meet in person with defensive tackle Grady Jackson, but the former Oakland Raider agreed to a two-year, $3.275 million deal with the New Orleans Saints on Thursday.

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