Originally created 03/09/02

Glenn joins Packers in deal with Patriots



GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay Packers acquired troubled wide receiver Terry Glenn from New England on Friday.

"Terry brings another dimension to our receiving corps," Packers coach and general manager Mike Sherman said. "I am enthused to get him here and have him become a part of this team."

The Packers gave the Patriots a fourth-round pick in the 2002 draft, plus a pick next year that will depend on Glenn's performance. No monetary terms of the contract were announced.

"I'm looking forward to being a part of this storied tradition that so many football fans follow with such incredible passion," Glenn said in a statement. "To play for Coach Sherman and in the same offense with Brett Favre is a great opportunity."

The Packers planned a news conference with Glenn on Saturday at Lambeau Field.

The final sticking point reportedly was the many grievances Glenn has filed against New England over suspensions, fines and the withholding of $8.5 million of his signing bonus.

A hearing on the grievances was scheduled for Friday, and the two sides had been rushing to come to an agreement before then.

Glenn's agent, James Gould, said Friday the arbitration hearing was canceled. Once Glenn signs a contract with the Packers, "those claims will be dropped," the agent said. "We have agreed with the Patriots, the NFL and the Players Association that those matters will be resolved."

The NFL suspended Glenn for the first four games of last season for missing a drug test, and the team stopped paying the installments on his signing bonus. He stayed out of camp until Patriots head coach Bill Belichick suspended him for the rest of the year, but the team suspension was overturned by an arbitrator.

He later was inactive for six games because of a hamstring injury and a contract dispute, and he was suspended by the team for the Dec. 2 game against the New York Jets after he refused to practice. Glenn came back and played three more games before the Patriots put him on the inactive list for the regular-season finale against Carolina.

When he missed more team meetings and practices, Belichick suspended Glenn for the playoffs. Without the player considered the Patriots' No. 1 receiver, they won the Super Bowl.

Glenn had filed a federal lawsuit against the league and several grievances against the team trying to overturn his suspensions and recoup his signing bonus.

Glenn's apparent signing appears to make the Packers top receiver, flanker Antonio Freeman, the odd man out.

Sherman has said he wants second-year pro Robert Ferguson to start next year. Glenn will start at the other wide receiver position, meaning Freeman would be at best the Packers' third receiver.

Freeman will likely be released after June 1 if he doesn't accept a pay cut from $4.3 million to about $1 million for 2002.

Freeman and Favre are the most prolific active touchdown tandem in the NFL, having connected for 57 TDs. Freeman was Green Bay's best receiver in the postseason, catching 13 passes for 138 yards and three touchdowns.

Glenn set an NFL rookie record with 90 catches in 1996 and made the Pro Bowl in 1999, when he caught 69 passes for 1,147 yards and four touchdowns. He is fifth on the Patriots' career receiving list with 4,669 yards and fourth in catches with 329.

But there were problems from Day 1.

His selection with the seventh pick in the '96 draft brought to the fore a power struggle between then Patriots coach Bill Parcells and personnel boss Bobby Grier. Parcells came under fire for calling Glenn "she" when he took weeks to recover from a training camp hamstring injury, but each had his best year in New England when they were together, going to the Super Bowl.

But the issues from draft day festered, and when Parcells left for more power with the New York Jets, Glenn was a reminder why. The new collaboration of Grier and coach Pete Carroll collapsed over the next three years. Grier had initial success as Glenn's mentor, but Carroll gave up and in one of his final acts he suspended Glenn for the last game of the 1999 season for failing to check in with the team while sick.

New coach Belichick reinstated Glenn in an effort to start fresh, and Glenn stayed out of trouble and out of the trainer's room in 2000, finishing his first injury-free season as the team leader in receiving yards and touchdowns. His contract was extended through 2007 and he was given a signing bonus, but the deal protected the team should Glenn stray.