Thompson Eyes Second Wave

Daniels (Cary Edmondson - USA Today Sports)

The Packers are courting tight end Owen Daniels, who could fill a potential void in the passing game. However, a rotational defensive lineman who was scheduled to visit Green Bay on Thursday signed with Tennessee.

Now that most of the big money has been thrown around, Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson appears interested in tossing his wallet into the free-agent fray.

Not only is former Texans and University of Wisconsin tight end Owen Daniels visiting, but Steelers free agent defensive lineman Al Woods is scheduled to visit on Thursday. That's assuming Woods gets out of Tennessee; there are varying reports on whether Woods signed a deal with the Titans.

(Update: Woods' agent, Pat Dye, through one of his associates, confirmed that Woods has signed with Tennessee.)

(Update 2: The associate e-mailed Packer Report again, saying Woods has not signed with the Titans and indeed would be meeting with the Packers on Thursday.)

(Update 3: At 6:40 p.m., the associate e-mailed Packer Report for a third time to say Woods had, indeed, signed with the Titans.)

Woods (6-4, 307) is a journeyman, though he seems to be on the upswing. He was cut by the Saints, Buccaneers and Seahawks before spending all of 2012 and 2013 with the Steelers. Last season, he had 16 tackles — including two sacks. He played nose tackle and defensive end for the Steelers.

According to ProFootballFocus.com, Woods ranked 26th out of 80 defensive tackles (three- and four-man schemes) in run stop percentage last season.

He is at least the fourth defensive lineman that signed with another team after being pursued by Green Bay. Arthur Jones signed with Indianapolis, Lamarr Houston with Chicago and Red Bryant with Jacksonville.

Daniels (6-3, 249), who turned 31 in November and will be entering his ninth season in the league, has been one of the NFL's more productive tight ends. He caught 24 passes for 252 yards and three touchdowns in five games last season, a year cut short by a broken leg. He sustained a torn ACL in 2009.

In 2012, when he played in 15 games, he caught 62 passes for 716 yards and six touchdowns. He's caught at least 54 passes in four of eight career seasons, and has career totals of 385 receptions for 4,617 yards (12.0 average) and 29 touchdowns in 100 games.

If the Packers are unwilling to take a chance on Jermichael Finley, who is coming off spinal-fusion surgery, Daniels might be the fallback option as the tight end whose primary job is catching passes.


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