Full of confidence

The Packers have appeared to secure their fullback depth for the foreseeable future with the signing of 25-year old Nicolas Luchey. He teams with starter William Henderson to give the Packers a formidable duo heading into this season.<p>

The 270-pound Luchey spent his first four NFL seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals where he was primarily a backup fullback, but also played some running back. He signed a six-year deal with the Packers for a reported $6 million including a signing bonus of just over $1 million. Henderson is under contract through 2005. Luchey will receive base salaries of $530,000 in 2003, $550,000 in '04, $750,000 in '05, $850,000 in '06, $1 million in '07 and $1.22 million in '08. His salary cap number this season will be $713,333, according to reports.

Here are some selected comments from Luchey in a conference call with the media on Wednesday:

On coming to the Packers: "I've always been a guy who liked to win. I've got nothing but love for the city of Cincinnati and the organization. I leave there with my head high and no regrets. But at the same time, as far as my future and my present career, I want to be somewhere I have a realistic shot of going to the Super Bowl."

On one of the reasons he chose the Packers over other teams: "I really like Sly (running backs coach Sylvester Croom). He really reminded me a lot of Jim Anderson, my coach at Cincinnati. Both guys have been coaching 15 years in this league. I think Sly is a straight shooter. You can laugh and joke with him, but he expects you to get the job done."

On his blocking skills: "I can block with the best of them. If you turn on my film, man, I'm knocking linebackers out, period. I'm not blocking them, I'm knocking them on their (butts). I mean, that's just a fact."

On what he can bring to the Packers' offense:

"They felt I could add another dimension and take some pressure off Ahman (Green) and Brett (Favre)."


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