Chatman to Bengals; Nall to Bills?

Former WR/KR to sign two-year contract; Nall deals with Bills

Antonio Chatman, who was not offered a qualifying tender as a restricted free agent by the Green Bay Packers in late February, agreed to a contract with the Cincinnati Bengals this weekend. Meanwhile, unrestricted free agent quarterback Craig Nall visited the Buffalo Bills on Friday and reportedly is negotiating a contract.

Nall, who met with the Minnesota Vikings early last week, traveled to meet with the Bills. Nall, Green Bay's third-string quarterback the last four seasons, is seeking a chance to be a top backup, or possibly start. It appears that he'll have that chance in Buffalo where J.P. Losman and Kelly Holcomb struggled last season.

Chatman will sign a two-year contract probably on Monday, according to ESPN.

Chatman, 27, visited with Bengals coaches and team officials late last week. He played collegiately at the University of Cincinnati. The Bengals feel that he can challenge for a No. 3 spot at wide receiver and return punts.

The Bengals on Saturday decided not to match the four-year, $6.4 million offer sheet for Kevin Walter by the Houston Texans, a deal that included a $2 million signing bonus and an additional $500,000 in guarantees. The moves means Walter will go to the Texans and Cincinnati will receive a seventh-round draft choice as compensation.

The Bengals also may be without second-year veteran Chris Henry, who could face a league-mandated suspension. The team's No. 3 receiver in 2005, Henry has faced some off-field problems and currently is facing gun charges in Florida, with the NFL monitoring his case.

Chatman is coming off the best year of his career, having caught 49 passes for 549 yards and four touchdowns in 2005, getting significant playing time in the Packers' depleted receiving corps. He posted the best game of his career against the Bengals last Oct. 30, with eight catches for 97 yards.

Chatman averaged 8.5 yards on 45 punt returns, and his 85-yard runback for a touchdown against the Chicago Bears was the NFL's longest in 2005. It also was his first and only punt return in three seasons for Green Bay. Chatman has a career average of 8.2 yards on 110 punt returns and a 22.1-yard average on kickoff returns. He has 71 receptions for 795 yards and four touchdowns and has appeared in 48 regular-season games.

Linebacker visits Bills
Nall wasn't the only Packer to visit Buffalo on Friday. Unrestricted free agent linebacker Paris Lenon also met with the Bills. Lenon recorded 65 tackles for the Packers last year, mainly as a reserve, but started five games due to injuries to others.

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