Packers Interested in DE Chris Canty
By By Chris Jenkins, AP Sports Writer
It's no surprise that the Green Bay Packers didn't join in the spending spree on the first day of NFL free agency. But they have expressed interest in free agent defensive end Chris Canty.
Canty's agent, Brad Blank, said Friday that Canty already has visits lined up with the New York Giants and Seattle Seahawks, adding that the Packers have called and a visit to Green Bay was a possibility next week.
"When I get a sense of what the market is, I'll call the Packers back and ask, 'Are you in this?"' Blank said. "And I hope they are."
The Packers' interest in Canty was reported on the Web sites of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Green Bay Press-Gazette earlier Friday.
Canty has played the first four seasons of his career in Dallas after the Cowboys took him in the fourth round of the 2005 draft.
Blank said Canty fits best as a defensive end in a 3-4 defense, tying up blockers to free up outside linebackers to make big plays -- as he did for DeMarcus Ware in Dallas. The Packers are switching from a 4-3 alignment to a 3-4 next season, and star pass rusher Aaron Kampman is moving from defensive end to linebacker.
Canty was open to playing in Green Bay if the offer was right, Blank said.
The Packers have taken a conservative approach to free agency under general manager Ted Thompson, placing a larger priority on signing their own players to contract extensions and improving primarily through the draft.
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