Wide receiver signs multi-year deal

Reserve wide receiver Karsten Bailey recently signed a two-year contract with the Green Bay Packers, the team announced on Monday.<p>

Bailey, the team's fifth wide receiver last year, mainly played on special teams last year. He played in seven regular-season games and was inactive for the other nine. He finished with 3 catches for 26 yards during the regular season and added 1 reception for 11 yards in Green Bay's playoff game against Atlanta.

Bailey originally signed with Green Bay earlier in 2002 as a free agent. He was a longshot to make the roster but beat out Charles Lee for the final wide receiver spot. With Terry Glenn in Dallas, Bailey will be competing for the No. 3 wide receiver spot this season against Javon Walker and Robert Ferguson.

Bailey played in 11 games with the Seattle Seahawks in 1999 and 2000. He had a total of 6 receptions for 62 yards. He was waived in the final cutdown of the preseason in 2001, and remained out of football until signing as a free agent with the Packers on Feb. 5, 2002.

Signing Bailey, who was a restricted free agent, to a multi-year deal likely lowered his base salary for 2003. As a restricted free agent his compensation for this season would be $605,000. A prorated signing bonus combined with a lower base salary for this season likely is less than what he would have received if he had signed his tender offer.

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