Mike Sherman again has done a splendid job of cultivating the roster. You can see him working, unloading some of the veterans early like Santana Dotson, John Thierry, Bernardo Harris, Antonio Freeman and Dorsey Levens. He swapped some them for other proven veterans who are a little quicker, maybe a little hungrier for a Super Bowl ring, like Terry Glenn, Joe Johnson and Hardy Nickerson. He also used the draft to land younger talent. All terrific moves.<p>

It is puzzling, though, that the Packers haven't re-signed Levens after releasing him to create salary cap room. Green Bay went out and signed Jason Brookins and Ki-Jana Carter. Brookins has questionable character. Carter has a laundry list of injuries since his first season in the league. The Packers need a veteran running back in case Ahman Green is injured, so why not retain Levens?

Levens is still an unrestricted free agent. He has drawn interest from Philadelphia and Atlanta, but not from many other teams. Unless he is waiting for a team to offer him a huge some of money and a chance to start, the Packers would benefit with Levens back on the roster. He knows the Packers offense. He is reliable. There was little dropoff in the offense when he was inserted for Green. Like Carter, Levens has had problems with injuries, but he is less prone to injuries as a backup. Plus, he showed late last season that he can be an effective kickoff returner. Carter and Brookins have never returned kickoffs.

As it stands, the Packers will enter camp with heavy competition for the backup spot behind Green. Adding Levens would make Sherman's decision much easier.

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