Arrington visits Green Bay

Free agent linebacker seeking blockbuster deal

Outside linebacker Lavar Arrington visited Packers officials in Green Bay on Monday after his negotiations with the New York Giants and Miami Dolphins apparently have come to a standstill.

Arrington left the Washington Redskins this off-season by paying back $4.4 million to become a free agent. He reportedly asked for a seven-year, $54 million deal from the Giants. The Miami Dolphins also are interested in Arrington, but they have not been able to meet his price and so he came to meet with the Packers. Arrington, however, left Green Bay without a contract, according to reports.

The Packers are seeking an outside linebacker after releasing veteran Na'il Diggs. Arrington, 27, would represent a major upgrade and give Packers fans the "splash" they have been hoping to see from Packers general manager Ted Thompson this off-season. Green Bay has been relatively quiet in free agency despite the fact that they are about $20 million under the salary cap.

Arrington, however, has not been quiet on the field over the past two seasons, partly because of injuries and also because of his attitude. Last year, he apparently did not get along with head coach Joe Gibbs and started in just nine of the 13 games that he played. He had 47 tackles, no sacks and no interceptions. A knee injury sidelined him for 12 games in 2004.

Cincinnati and Jacksonville also have met with Arrington, who was scheduled to have a $12.045 million salary cap number before being released by Washington.


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