Freeman uses patience

Antonio Freeman says his agent has spoken with eight to 10 teams regarding a contract for the 2002 season, but the former Packers wide receiver is trying to be patient before signing on the dotted line.<p>

"Most teams don't have a lot of money right now," Freeman told WBAY-TV on Sunday. "It's a wait game. There's no big rush. I'm going to go into a situation that fits me, not just monetarily, but that fits me in a manner in which I am that ‘one' or ‘two' guy in the offensive system."

Freeman is one of four big-name receivers in the league who were released after June 1 to create salary cap space. Herman Moore (Detroit), Keenan McCardell (Jacksonville) and Freeman have yet to sign with another team. Derrick Alexander, released by Jacksonville, signed with Minnesota on June 7.

Freeman's agent, Joel Segal, and the Packers tried negotiating a new contract prior to the June 1 deadline but were unable to come to an agreement, so the Packers waived the eighth-year pro whom they selected in the third round of the 1995 NFL draft.

By waiving Freeman, the Packers were able to create $4.3 million is salary cap space for this season. But they have to count about $4.3 million against their cap in 2003.

Freeman was named to the NFC Pro Bowl team after the 1998 season and received a seven-year, $42 million contract in 1999, which included a $10 million signing bonus. His production has slipped every year since then. Last season, his 52 receptions for 818 yards and six touchdowns marked his lowest output since his rookie season in 1995.

He left Green Bay with no ill feelings toward the Packers. He hopes fans remember him for the positive contributions he made on the football field, not for the troubles he had off of it.

"I want to be remembered the way I left – a hard-nosed, tough player. Wasn't afraid to go across the middle. Admittingly wasn't the fastest guy probably in his own receiving corp, let alone the NFL. The fans will remember me how they remember me in their hearts, whether it's the speeding tickets, the traffic accidents, whether it's the touchdowns from Favre, myself."

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