NFL News of April 3, 2003

Defensive end Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, the American-born son of Nigerian parents, signed a seven-year National Football League contract with the Green Bay Packers here.

Gbaja-Biamila, already one of the Green Bay Packers’ all-time sack leaders in just three seasons with the team, will be paid 37 million dollars, 13 million dollars of it guaranteed.

“After much deliberation and prayer, I’m glad that this matter has been brought to a positive resolution,” Gbaja-Biamila said.

Gbaja-Biamila was being pursued by the Philadelphia Eagles after recording a career-high 45 tackles, including 12 sacks, last season. He also had an interception returned for a touchdown, forced four fumbles and recovered one.

“I am extremely pleased that Kabeer Gbaja-Biamilia’s future is set with the Green Bay Packers,” coach-general manager Mike Sherman said. “He is a very special player as well as person.

“Kabeer has a rare ability to pressure and sack quarterbacks as well as create turnovers. In the last two years, our defense has been one of the league leaders in sacks, turnovers and third-down efficiency. He has contributed significantly in helping us be successful.”

Gbaja-Biamila has 25 1/2 sacks over the last two seasons to rank fifth in the NFL. He is seventh on the team’s all-time list with 27 and could pass Vonnie Holliday, Bryce Paup and Tony Bennett during the 2003 season.

— European Intelligence Wire “NFL Packers sign long-term deal with Nigerians’ son.”

KGB spent his entire career with the Packers, retiring after the 2008 season. He broke Reggie White‘s team record for career sacks of 68.5 in October of 2007. He will be inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame in July of 2013.

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