The Green Bay Packers have signed wide receiver Shockmain Davis and tackle Mitch White to free-agent contracts, GM/Head Coach Mike Sherman announced Wednesday. In addition, the team allocated Davis, who is awaiting his team assignment, to NFL Europe.
Davis, 26, originally signed with New England as a non-drafted free agent, April 25, 2000, and played 12 games for the Patriots his rookie season, with one start, catching two passes for 12 yards and averaging 22.5 yards for two kickoff returns. He returned to training camp in 2001 with the Patriots, who then waived him, Aug. 28. He was out of football for the balance of the '01 season.
Seattle signed the 6-foot, 205-pound receiver as a reserve/future, Jan. 14, 2002, then waived him Sept. 1, as the Seahawks reduced their roster to the regular-season limit. He remained out of football for the rest of 2002. Davis, a second-year NFL player, went to training camp with the CFL's Toronto Argonauts last summer.
In college, Davis earned two letters at Angelo State after transferring from Blinn Junior College. Voted first-team All-Lone Star Conference both of his seasons at Angelo State, he led the Rams with 38 receptions for 567 yards and eight touchdowns during his 1999 senior year.
White, 25, had two stints on the Packers' practice squad in 2002. The club signed him originally Oct. 9, 2002, and released him Oct. 22, 2002. Green Bay re-signed him two weeks later on Nov. 5, and released him again the next day, Nov. 6.
The 6-foot-4, 312-pound lineman, a second-year player, has spent time on the rosters and practice squads of five other NFL clubs. Selected by the Saints in the sixth round (185th overall) of the 2001 NFL draft, White spent his first one-plus seasons in New Orleans, before the team released him in September, 2002. He also signed 2002 practice-squad contracts with the Jets, Packers, Chiefs and Buccaneers, who carried him on their practice squad when they won Super Bowl XXXVII.
Waived by Tampa Bay in 2003 training camp, White had two stints on Washington's 53-man roster last season, but did not dress for a game.
Nick Barnett's teammate for two years at Oregon State (1999-2000), White started 23 games at tackle during his OSU collegiate career, earning second-team All-Pacific 10 Conference honors as a senior, when he helped the Beavers earn a berth in the Fiesta Bowl. He played his first two seasons at Palomar Junior College.