Packers wait as others spend

We highlight the first day of free agency: Who has been signed and what's the latest in Green Bay?

Packers update

As we were the first to report, the Packers have talked to the agent of Dallas defensive end Chris Canty. Of all the players in this free agent class, Canty is the best fit for the Packers' new 3-4 defense. Green Bay needs a starting point on its defensive line, and Canty is the best of the bunch.

Meanwhile, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who are about a billion dollars under the cap but failed to land Albert Haynesworth, have turned their attention to the Packers' Colin Cole. The Tampa Tribune says Cole would be the "exact" fit for new coordinator Jim Bates. Cole's former defensive line coach, Robert Nunn, has the same gig in Tampa Bay.

Otherwise, a couple of agents indicated that the Packers are in wait-and-see mode to see who is left after this weekend.

Who signed: Big names

— DT Albert Haynesworth went to Washington for a deal that could be worth $111 million. The deal includes a record $41 million signing bonus. That might not be as shocking as the six-year, $54 million to cornerback DeAngelo Hall, though. Money goes on trees in Washington, which signed guard Derrick Dockery to a five-year, $26 million pact that includes $8.2 million guaranteed.

—LB Bart Scott chose his old defensive coordinator over his new one by signing with the Jets for six years and $48 million. He'll get $27 million over the first three seasons to be reunited with new Jets coach Rex Ryan. Good thing Brett Favre retired. The Jets traded for cornerback Lito Shepard, re-signed guard Brandon Moore after releasing him on Thursday and are eyeing Ravens safety Jim Leonhard.

— LB Jonathan Vilma, not surprisingly, elected to stay in New Orleans. His five-year deal includes $17 million guaranteed.

— CB Domonique Foxworth was handed a four-year, $28 million deal by the Ravens. Not bad for a guy who wasn't even a full-time starter.

Who signed: Names of interest

— The Bears coughed up about $14 million on offensive tackle Frank Omiyale, who has one career start. Don't you wonder what that might mean for Mark Tauscher? Tauscher's agent, Neil Cornrich, did not return a message.

— A couple of interesting third-down running backs were signed. Maurice Morris landed in Detroit while J.J. Arrington is headed to Denver.

— One player who interested us was Vikings tight end Jim Kleinsasser because of his blocking and versatility. He elected to return to Minnesota, though, where he'll be paired with new quarterback Sage Rosenfels.

What's left for the Packers?

— There weren't many big names at the start of free agency, and that number has decreased in the last 24 hours. One position where the Packers can find some veteran help is at safety, where Tampa Bay's hard-hitting Jermaine Phillips tops the list, followed by Cleveland's Sean Jones. New England's James Sanders knows the 3-4.

— If the Packers lose Tauscher, it might be slim pickings. The Saints' Jon Stinchcomb is talking to Seattle and the Jaguars' Khalif Barnes is talking to the Saints. Mammoth Stacy Andrews signed with Philadelphia, where his brother is guard Shawn Andrews.


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