Free agent profile

As the start of free agency nears, Packer Report will profile each player that is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on Feb. 28. Here is a look at defensive back Tod McBride:<p>

Position: Defensive back
Status: Unrestricted free agent (Feb. 28)
2002 salary: $563,000
2002 season summary: McBride was the Packers' top backup at cornerback and a good special teams player. He finished the regular season with 43 tackles, eight passes defended, and one interception. He tied for the NFL lead with three defensive fumble recoveries, but did give up five touchdown passes, mainly in reserve role. A groin injury late in the season limited him somewhat, forcing him to miss the Dec. 22 game against the Bills. Perhaps his best game of the year came on Oct. 7 against the Bears when he found out just hours before the game that he would start for an injured Mike McKenzie. He notched eight tackles and two passes defended contributing to the Packers' biggest win of the season to that point.

2003 outlook: Indications are that McBride will test the open market this off-season. He has been on the fence with his roster status for the Packers on a number of occasions, but managed to impress enough to contribute primarily as a backup for the past four seasons. The Packers have needs to address at cornerback, but McBride may not fit into the equation. His size (6-foot-1), age (26), and athletic ability may interest other teams into giving him more money and a chance at a starting spot.

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