Levens meets with Eagles

Running back Dorsey Levens, released by the Green Bay Packers in February for salary cap purposes, met with the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday. Levens is seeking more playing time and more than the veteran's minimum salary.<p>

He may get both with the Eagles.

Philadelphia lost tailback Correll Buckhalter suffered torn knee ligaments during practice Friday and will be out for the entire season. After Duce Staley, the Eagles are pretty thin.

Levens, 31, played injury free last year for the first time in three seasons, but he was stuck on the bench most of the time behind Pro Bowl running back Ahman Green. Levens was limited to four starts in 1998 and five in 2000 because of various injuries. His led the Packers in rushing in 1997 with 1,435 yards and had 1,034 in '99. He missed more than half of the 2001 season because of injuries as Green emerged into the starter. Last year Levens had 44 carries for 164 yards and 24 catches for 145 yards and one touchdown. He excelled at returning kickoffs late last season, averaging 25.9 yards on 14 kickoff returns.

Eagles head coach Andy Reid was tight ends and quarterbacks coach in Green Bay in the mid-1990s before moving on to Philadelphia.

"It was a great visit," Levens said in an Associated Press story. "We talked about the old days in Green Bay, the old Super Bowl teams, stuff like that. Real casual, real fun, nothing too serious." The Eagles also plan to bring in free agent running back Ki-Jana Carter this week. Carter also has visited with the Packers this season.

Packers coach and general manager Mike Sherman is holding out hope that Levens will re-sign with the Packers. But the Packers, who reportedly are barely under the $71.1 million salary cap, cannot offer more than the veteran's minimum of $650,000. The Eagles is almost $10 million under the cap after releasing middle linebacker Jeremiah Trotter.

"I just want an opportunity to play a little bit more," Levens said. "In Green Bay, the situation didn't really present itself once Ahman Green came on the scene and started doing his thing. I don't want to play too much longer and I really don't want to sit on the bench the last couple of years of my career."

Levens was drafted in the fifth round out of Georgia Tech by the Packers in 1994.

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