Tight end re-signs with Packers

Donald Lee

Lee had disappointing 2006 season, but may have better opportunity in '07

Tight end Donald Lee will give it another shot with the Green Bay Packers. Despite a disappointing 2006 season, Lee signed off on a one-year contract with the Packers on Monday, according to his agent Cary Mark Fabrikant.

Providing he makes the team, Lee will be paid the veteran's minimum for a fifth-year player of $595,000 in 2007. He also received a small signing bonus as part of the deal, Fabrikant said.

Lee finished with just 10 catches for 150 yards and no touchdowns in 2006, one season after he had a career-high 33 catches and two touchdowns, tops among Green Bay's tight ends. He often played behind Bubba Franks and David Martin.

It is possible that Martin, who is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent, will depart for another team in March, leaving the door open for Lee. Franks also struggled last season, and the Packers like Lee's ability to stretch the field and block in the team's zone-blocking scheme. At 6-foot-4, 248 pounds, Lee has excellent size and he has yet to miss a game in his career, which began in Miami. He also can contribute on special teams.

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