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Joyner Fills Void For Pack

Free-agent linebacker Seth Joyner agreed to terms with the world champion Green Bay Packers today, filling a void left by the loss of George Koonce to a knee injury.

Terms were not released, but the outside linebacker’s agent said the deal was for four years and $6 million.

He is expected to arrive at training camp today, where he will be reunited with Reggie White, his former teammate in Philadelphia.

Joyner was released by the Arizona Cardinals last month in a cost-saving measure. Joyner was scheduled to make $2.75 million with the Cardinals this season, so high that Arizona coach Vince Tobin asked him not to attend minicamp and then waived him.

Sharpe deal

Shannon Sharpe is going to training camp with what he wants most: a three-year contract with the Denver Broncos that will make him the highest-paid tight end in the NFL.

The contract was expected to be signed today. The Denver Post said the deal is worth slightly more than $7.5 million over three years.

Woodson signs on

The San Francisco 49ers formally signed Rod Woodson in a deal that marked the end of his 10-year association with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Terms were not disclosed.

Woodson, a seven-time Pro Bowl selection and the NFL defensive player of the year in 1993, became a free agent following last season, when he returned from a career-threatening knee injury.

Zimmerman retires

Denver offensive tackle Gary Zimmerman told the team that he’s retiring because of injuries.

The 36-year-old Zimmerman underwent surgery in December, January and again in June to repair a torn rotator cuff, the team said. He started every game of his 11-year NFL career.

He began his career with the Los Angeles Express of the United States Football League, who drafted him in the second round of the 1984 USFL draft out of Oregon.

Around the league

Philadelphia coach Ray Rhodes said he will know within the next three weeks whether Ty Detmer or Rodney Peete will be his starting quarterback… . The Detroit Lions signed second-round draft pick Kevin Abrams, a 5-foot-8, 175-pound cornerback out of Syracuse… . The Atlanta Falcons signed first-round pick Michael Booker, a cornerback out of Nebraska, to a five-year deal… . Arizona gave rookie cornerback Tom Knight, an Iowa product, a five-year, $8.22 million contract.