Packers sign linebacker

White played for Jacksonville last year after two seasons in Seattle

The Green Bay Packers Friday signed linebacker Tracy White and released linebacker John Leake.

White began his pro career in Seattle in 2003 when current Packers general manager Ted Thompson was with the Seahawks. A 6-foot, 236-pound player out of Howard, White spent the 2005 season in Jacksonville primarily as a reserve linebacker and on special teams. He joined the Jags on the eve of the 2005 season, as a waiver-wire acquisition.

White made the season-opening roster in Seattle in 2003 as a rookie free agent. He spent his first two seasons in a Seahawks uniform. In 2004, he stepped up to fill a void created by injuries and started two contests, including a 13-tackle effort, before a hamstring injury ended his season.

In 35 NFL games, including two starts, White has 26 tackles (19 solo), one sack and 27 special-teams stops.

White started all 44 games at Howard, leading the team all four seasons in tackles. A two-time finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award, given annually to the nation's top Division I-AA defensive player, White twice earned Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year. In 2001, he earned the Black College Defensive Player of the Year. And, after his senior season, White was the only Division I-AA player in the East-West Shrine Game.

A linebacker and kicker in high school, he also wrestled and threw the shot put and discus for his track team.

Pickett officially signs
The Packers also announced that defensive tackle Ryan Pickett has officially signed a multi-year contract. Pickett reportedly received a five-year deal worth around $16 million.

Pickett led all NFL defensive linemen with 115 tackles in 2005. Selected by the St. Louis Rams in the first round of the 2001 NFL draft, Pickett also had two sacks and three passes defensed in 16 games last year, all starts.

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