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Safeties Freeman, Little sign with Packers

GREEN BAY, Wis. (April 15, 2005) -- Free-agent safeties Arturo Freeman and Earl Little signed with the Green Bay Packers.

Freeman, 28, has spent his five NFL seasons with the Miami Dolphins. He played in all 16 games last season and started eight, including the last seven of the season. He had 38 tackles and four interceptions.

Freeman, a fifth-round draft pick of Miami in 2000, played there under new Packers defensive coordinator Jim Bates. Bates held that post with the Dolphins for 4½ years before taking over as coach for the last seven games of last season following the firing of Dave Wannstedt.

Little, 32, is in his eighth year in the NFL, having played six of his seven seasons with the Cleveland Browns after being signed by New Orleans in 1997 as a non-drafted rookie free agent.

He started 11 games and played in all 16 for Cleveland last season, making 81 tackles and one interception.

The Associated Press News Service

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