Flanigan meets with Jaguars

Defensive tackle Jim Flanigan recently worked out for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Flanigan, who played for the Green Bay Packers last year, became an unrestricted free agent in March.<p>

Flanigan played for the veteran's minimum of $500,000 last year in his only season with Green bay. Packers head coach Mike Sherman recently indicated that Flanigan, 30, is seeking more than the minimum and probably will not return to Green Bay. The Packers also re-signed Gilbert Brown and have a number of tackles returning, including fifth-round draft pick Aaron Kampman.

Flanigan, a former Southern Door High School star and the son of former Packers linebacker Jim Flanigan Sr., started eight games for the Packers last season. The ninth-year pro had 46 tackles, tops among non-starters, and 4 ½ sacks.

Flanigan visited Jacksonville on May 3, but the Jaguars are just $129,000 under the salary cap and probably will have to wait until after June 1 to sign him. That's when teams can create salary cap space by releasing selected veteran players with cap-consuming base salaries. Jacksonville is expected to release linebacker Hardy Nickerson and wide receiver Keenan McCardell, which would reportedly free up more than $7 million in cap space.

The Packers may have an interest in both Nickerson and McCardell.


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