"It's very positive for Armegis to have someone else pursue his services, but we think it's in our best interest to match the offer and retain him," Lewis told Bengals.com. "I've scouted him as an opposing coach, and I think he's got a very bright future."
Cincinnati recently signed free agent middle linebacker Kevin Hardy to a contract that averages about $4 million a year. Spearman would mainly play behind Hardy and back up veteran Brian Simmons at weakside linebacker.
The Packers lost outside linebacker Nate Wayne to the Philadelphia Eagles last week and are not interested in re-signing veteran Hardy Nickerson. The Eagles also are reportedly in pursuit of restricted free agent linebacker Na'il Diggs, the only starter from last year currently on Green Bay's roster.
The Packers may pursue New Orleans' Charlie Clemons, who visited Green Bay early in free agency, or Detroit's Chris Claiborne. Both unrestricted free agents, however, may be asking for more money than the Packers can afford.