Packers Sign TE Wesley Walls

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Adding veteran leadership and proficiency at the tight end position, the Green Bay Packers have agreed to terms with former Carolina Panther Wesley Walls as a free agent, GM/Head Coach Mike Sherman announced Tuesday.

The 6-foot-5, 240-pound Walls also considered Washington and Tampa Bay before ultimately opting to sign with the Green and Gold. The Panthers released the University of Mississippi product Feb. 26.

The 15th-year pro started 14 of the 15 games he played last season for Carolina. He recorded 19 receptions for 241 yards and led the team with 4 touchdown catches.

Walls, 37, has played in 182 career games with 115 starts for San Francisco (1989-93), New Orleans (1994-95) and Carolina (1996-2002). In his career, he has 430 catches for 5,069 yards and 53 touchdowns.

The five-time Pro Bowl selection is one of only four tight ends in NFL annals to log 400 receptions and 50 touchdowns. Since joining the Panthers in 1996, he leads all tight ends in touchdown catches and ranks fourth in both receiving yards and catches. He ranks as Carolina's all-time leader in touchdowns (44) and ranks second in receiving yards (3,902) and receptions (324). Furthermore, his 430 career receptions rank 11th in league history among tight ends.

A durable veteran, Walls posted a streak of 70 consecutive games with a catch, a Carolina team record. The perennially consistent tight end caught at least 5 touchdowns every year of his Panthers tenure, excluding injury-shortened 2000 and '02 seasons. The start of his Saints term in 1994 marked the first of eight straight seasons (1994-2001) in which the Pontotoc, Miss., native had 30-plus catches and more than 400 yards receiving.

Walls has been assigned jersey number 82. The team is expected to make a corresponding roster move Wednesday.

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