Punter returns to Packers

The Green Bay Packers have signed veteran punter Louie Aguiar today. Aguiar played for the Packers in 1999 when Josh Bidwell was sidelined by testicular cancer.

Aguiar, in his eleventh NFL season, was out of football in 2001. He most recently punted for the Chicago Bears during the 2000 season, averaging 38.8 yards on 52 punts. He booted eight inside the opponents' 20-yard line.

The Packers have been without an extra punter or kicker in training camp since punter Scott Elder and kicker Rob Bironas were each released more than a week ago. Aguiar more than likely was signed to provide relief during training camp for kicker Ryan Longwell and Bidwell.

Aguiar, originally signed by Buffalo as an undrafted free agent in 1989 and waived by the Bills in the preseason of both '89 and '90, launched his NFL career with the New York Jets in 1991 after emerging as the fourth-ranking punter in the World League while with the Barcelona Dragons in the spring of '91. In 1992, his 22 punts inside-the-20 were third-best in the AFC and he supplemented his punting contributions by handling kickoff duties for the entire season as well as placement responsibilities for the first four games of the regular season.

The 6-2, 220-pound Livermore, Calif., native signed on with Kansas City as a free agent in 1994, launching a five-year stay with the Chiefs, during which he earned second-team All-Pro honors from the Associated Press in 1995 after posting a career-best 43.8-yard average. In 1996, he handled kickoff duties for the last six games of the season, a year in which he deposited 25 punts inside-the-20 while averaging 41.7 yards for 88 punts.

In 1999 with the Packers, Aguiar had a 5-to-1 ratio of punts inside-the-20 to touchbacks (20 to 4), punting 75 times for 2,954 yards and a 39.4-yard average.

Offensive tackle Kevin Jordan, a second-year pro from Fresno State, was waived (injured) to make roster room for Aguiar.

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