Backfield in motion

William Henderson remains on team while his possible successor visits, and other Packers-related free-agent rumblings.

The Green Bay Packers' offseason continued to evolve on Tuesday, even though there were no signings and William Henderson's name remains on the roster of the team's official Web site.

Henderson, the 12-year veteran fullback who told a Green Bay television station on Monday that he expected to be released on Tuesday, struggled to adapt to the Packers' zone-blocking scheme, which puts a premium on quick, read-and-react fullbacks rather than Henderson's straight-on style.

In that vein, the Packers brought in Atlanta Falcons fullback Justin Griffith for a visit on Tuesday and Wednesday.

With new Falcons coach Bobby Petrino ditching the zone game in favor of a traditional running attack — he already signed former Ravens sledgehammer Ovie Mughelli to a six-year contract — Griffith is in search of a new team, and he'd be a good fit for the Packers.

Griffith spent his first four seasons with the Falcons, playing in 60 games with 48 starts. The 5-foot-11, 232-pounder is a reason why the Falcons have had one of the top running games in the league the past three seasons.

Along with leading the way for Warrick Dunn, Griffith averaged 22 receptions during his four seasons, so he's able to pick up the slack in that regard from Henderson, who was a favorite outlet receiver for years for Brett Favre.

As for Henderson — who with Favre is the only player on the roster who played in the Super Bowl XXXI victory — he said he hopes to latch on with another team rather than retiring.

"Of course I wish I could've finished the contract out," Henderson, who signed a two-year contract to stay in Green Bay last offseason after being wooed by Minnesota, told the Wisconsin State Journal. "But I know that was not the (Packers') intention for this year. So, I'll make myself and my family happy by continuing to play and helping another team to reach its goals."

In other news that affects the Packers:

— The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that Saints free-agent wide receiver Joe Horn will visit the Packers this week. Horn, 35, passed a physical with the Atlanta Falcons on Tuesday. Reportedly, Horn, who injured a groin late last season, failed a physical with the Saints, which is one reason they aren't bringing him back.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy was the Saints' offensive coordinator from 2000 to 2004.

— Tight end Daniel Graham, easily the best player at his position in free agency, signed with the Denver Broncos late Tuesday. Graham got a reported $30 million over five years, with $15 million of that guaranteed.

The Packers, of course, are in need of a tight end. Incumbent starter Bubba Franks suffered through a subpar year, and his top backup, David Martin, signed with Miami on Monday. Martin got a whopping $1.2 million signing bonus.

— The Oakland Raiders and running back LaMont Jordan agreed on a restructured contract on Tuesday. There was talk Jordan wouldn't agree to a deal to lessen a $4.75 million roster bonus that was due Wednesday. The Raiders, who despite their woeful record aren't nearly as far under the salary cap as most NFL teams, were then expected to release Jordan.

The Packers, of course, are in need of a multidimensional running back after Ahman Green bolted for Houston on Monday.

— One running back who does interest the Packers is Chris Brown. The Tennessee Titans free agent will visit the team this week, the Green Bay Press-Gazette reported.

Brown has visited Buffalo, and the Titans — who just lost Travis Henry — are interested in retaining his services. With Henry's emergence, Brown played in just five games last season. In 2004, he rusehd for 1,067 yards and six touchdowns, and he gained 851 yards and scored five touchdowns in 2005.

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