Packers Agree To Terms With LB Nick Barnett

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The Green Bay Packers have agreed to terms on a multi-year contract with first-round draft pick linebacker Nick Barnett, GM/Head Coach Mike Sherman said Saturday night.

Barnett is expected to join the team in Green Bay and be there when the Packers return to the practice field Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

The 29th pick overall, Barnett was the first linebacker selected in the 2003 draft. Once signed, all nine of the Packers' draft picks will be under contract.

As a senior at Oregon State, Barnett led the Pac-10 Conference in tackles with 121.

He became the first linebacker drafted by the Packers in the first round since Wayne Simmons (Clemson) was selected with the 15th overall pick in 1993.

Barnett is expected to compete in training camp for the starting middle linebacker position, with Hannibal Navies handling the strong side and Na'il Diggs starting on the weak side.

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