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Friday, March 27, 2009
Black and Blue all over: Preston agrees

Posted by's Kevin Seifert

Green Bay agreed to terms Thursday night with free-agent offensive lineman Duke Preston, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Wisconsin State Journal and Green Bay Press-Gazette reported.

Preston started 11 games at center last season for Buffalo and could join the competition between Scott Wells and Jason Spitz at that position. But Packers coach Mike McCarthy said earlier this week Preston could provide depth at guard at well. Daryn Colledge is expected to play left guard, but the right guard position is less settled.

Here's what McCarthy said about Preston earlier this week:

"I was very impressed with Duke. Very bright. I like the way he presented himself. I found it to be a very positive visit. ... He's a big guy. It says 6-5. You watch him on film, then you meet him, and he's a big guy. He's young and I think he's got a lot of good football ahead of him."

Preston joins safety Anthony Smith as the two unrestricted free agents the Packers have signed this offseason. They also matched an offer sheet for defensive back Jarrett Bush, who was a restricted free agent.

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