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Defensive lineman visits Green Bay; free agent tight end arrested; ex-Packer re-signs in Denver

Packers interested in lineman
The Packers met with free agent defensive end/tackle Jimmy Wilkerson on Tuesday in Green Bay. Wilkerson, who has spent all four of his pro seasons with Kansas City after getting selected in the sixth round of the 2003 NFL draft out of Oklahoma by the Chiefs, left Green Bay without a contract, according to his agent Joby Branion.

Wilkerson met with Packers coaches, including Carl Hairston, who served as defensive line coach with the Chiefs from 2001-05, and underwent a physical. Branion said that he and the Packers have had some preliminary contract discussions.

Wilkerson's trip to Green Bay was his first in the free agency period. It is believed that the Atlanta Falcons are interested in Wilkerson as well.

Wilkerson has played mainly as a reserve in Kansas City at both the tackle and end positions. He had 17 tackles, no sacks, two pressures and two passes defensed in 13 games (1 start) in 2006. He was sixth on the team in special teams tackles with 11.

Wilkerson has played in 56 of 64 regular season games with the Chiefs, including three total starts.

Free agent tight end arrested
Jerramy Stevens' latest arrest in Arizona may have the Green Bay Packers thinking twice about signing the unrestricted free agent tight end.

The Packers are seeking to improve the tight end position after losing David Martin to the Miami Dolphins at the start of free agency. Though Stevens has not made a visit to Green Bay, many feel that Seattle's No. 1 draft pick in 2002 might be on Green Bay's radar this off-season. Veteran Bubba Franks has struggled in each of the past two seasons and there are questions surrounding unproven backups Donald Lee, Tory Humphrey and Zac Alcorn.

However, Stevens was arrested early Tuesday morning in Scottsdale, Ariz., and charged with driving under the influence and possession of marijuana. Not good if you're seeking a multiyear contract, and worse considering the fact Stevens pleaded guilty to reckless driving in a plea deal after being stopped in the Seattle suburb of Medina on investigation of drunken driving in 2003.

Stevens faces an April 2 date in court. His career with the Seahawks seemingly came to an end as the Seahawks signed veteran tight end Marcus Pollard to a one-year deal on Tuesday.

Ex-defensive lineman re-signs with Broncos
The Denver Broncos on Tuesday re-signed unrestricted free-agent defensive end Kenny Peterson. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Peterson (6-foot-3, 285 pounds) is entering his fifth NFL season and second year with the Broncos after joining the club as a free agent on Oct. 11, replacing Courtney Brown, who had to undergo a left knee operation five weeks into the season.

Green Bay picked Peterson in the third round of the 2003 draft out of Ohio State. In 37 career regular-season games, he has 56 tackles, three sacks, five pass breakups, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. He began the 2006 season in Green Bay's training camp but was waived by the club on Sept. 2.

Peterson played all 16 games with Green Bay in 2005 and recorded three sacks and 30 tackles (17 solo) that year. The 28-year-old also added four pass breakups, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble for the Packers during the 2005 campaign.

Peterson appeared in nine regular-season games and one postseason contest in each of his first two professional seasons with Green Bay (2003-04). In the Packers' NFC Wild Card Game against Minnesota during the 2004 season, he registered the first sack of his career.

Shareholders' meeting July 25
The Packers announced Tuesday that the annual shareholders' meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, July 25, at 10 a.m. in Lambeau Field.

The meeting will take place, rain or shine, and is open to ticketed shareholders, plus one guest.

The 2007 meeting marks the fourth time that the meeting will be conducted in the stadium. More than 10,000 shareholders attended the 2006 meeting. The team also had meetings in the stadium in 1998 and '99.


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