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Team agrees to terms with three rookie free agents; Johnson cool on Green Bay; dates set for upcomin

The Green Bay Packers had a number of rookie free agents at their Rookie Orientation Camp last weekend for tryouts, and three have reportedly will remain with the Packers as the off-season continues.

DeVon Hicks, a defensive end from Northwest Mississippi Community College; Pete Bier, an offensive lineman from Army; and Corey White, a fullback from Alabama-Birmingham have agreed to free agent contracts, according to a report in the Green Bay Press-Gazette today. The Packers have not announced any signings.

Meanwhile former University of Wisconsin quarterback John Stocco, one of the unsigned free agents in for a tryout last weekend, was not offered a contract by the Packers. Stocco's agent told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel earlier this week that Stocco will try out with the New York Giants this weekend.

"He was disappointed," John Drana told the Journal Sentinel. "I think so many times you go in with high expectations. Only so many are selected and hundreds are around. He was disappointed but he was realistic about it, too. Now he'll have to take the long road. He'll keep grinding and stay in the mix and try to get with the right team and the right situation at the right time."

Johnson not interested in Green Bay
The Green Bay Packers are somewhat interested in free agent receiver Keyshawn Johnson, but the veteran doesn't appear at all interested in Green Bay.

According to a Sports Illustrated report, Johnson has narrowed his choices to the Tennessee Titans, Oakland Raiders, or retirement, which also means a career in television. Johnson served as an analyst with ESPN during its coverage of the April 28-29 NFL draft.

The report also says Johnson, who was released by Carolina last week, is reluctant to play in Green Bay. If is unable to land the kind of contract he is seeking, he says he will walk away from the game.

Johnson, 34, has averaged 70 catches in each of the last three seasons. He feels he can play two or three more seasons, but apparently not in Green Bay.

Mandatory minicamp ahead
The Packers' off-season schedule will pick up with a mandatory full-squad minicamp May 18-20 in Green Bay.

The team then will conduct organized team activities, starting in late May and spread over about three weeks.

In a departure from previous years, most of the practices will be off-limits for fans. Only four of the OTAs -- May 31 and June 7, 14 and 18 -- are scheduled to be open for public viewing at one of the team's two outdoor practice fields across from Lambeau Field.

The club announced that the players' reporting date for training camp is July 27. The first practice will be held in the afternoon of July 28.

Quote to note
"Right now my goal is to learn the playbook and get established with the team, and then later on, once camp comes, I'll go with those goals. Right now, I want to get this playbook down."
-- running back Brandon Jackson, on if it is his goal to be a starter for the Packers this year


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