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Packers match Vikings to keep DE Kampman

GREEN BAY, Wis. (April 20, 2005) -- The Packers matched the Minnesota Vikings' offer for defensive end Aaron Kampman, keeping the restricted free agent in Green Bay.

Packers general manager Ted Thompson said the team exercised its right of first refusal to keep the 25-year-old Kampman, a fourth-year pro out of Iowa who was a fifth-round draft pick in 2002.

The 6-foot-4, 284-pound Kampman started all 16 games for the Packers last season and also started the team's one playoff game. He led the defensive line with 77 tackles and tied for second on the Packers with 4½ sacks.

If the Packers hadn't exercised the right of first refusal by today, the Vikings would have owed Green Bay a fifth-round selection in the NFL draft this weekend.

The Associated Press News Service

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