Brookins, Packers agree to terms of a deal

Running back Jason Brookins and the Green Bay Packers reportedly agreed to terms of a two-year deal this week. With Brookins in the fold, the Packers probably will not try to re-sign veteran running back Dorsey Levens.<p>

Brookins was waived by the Baltimore Ravens on May 20 because the Ravens said he was overweight and lacked focus. The second-year pro visited with the Packers on Wednesday. Green Bay and Brookins' agent, Stephen Weinberger, verbally agreed to a deal that evening. He reportedly will receive the NFL minimum, or $300,000 this year, for two years with no signing bonus.

Tampa Bay and Buffalo also expressed interest in Brookins, according to his agent.

Washington's Ki-Jana Carter, Carolina's Richard Huntley and Tennessee's Skip Hicks also have visited Green Bay this off-season. Levens, who played for Green Bay since he was taken in the fifth round of the NFL draft in 1994, was released in February by the Packers. He has had visits with Philadelphia and Atlanta.

Brookins (6-foot-2, 247 pounds) will compete against Herbert "Whisper" Goodman and Rondell Mealey for the two backup spots behind Ahman Green. Rookie Najeh Davenport, a fourth-round pick by Green Bay this year, also could play tailback as well as fullback behind William Henderson.

Brookins, 26, was originally signed by the Ravens as a rookie free agent in April of 2000. He ran for 1,600 yards on 273 carries and scored six touchdowns in two seasons at Lane College.

Last year, Brookins was 19th in the AFC in rushing with 551 yards on 151 carries (3.6 avg.) and five touchdowns.

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