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Keith Jackson, one of the NFL's top tight ends, was traded Wednesday by the Miami Dolphins to the Green Bay Packers for a second-round choice in April's draft.

However, the five-time Pro Bowl player wants a new contract before joining the Packers.

As part of the trade, the Dolphins returned to Green Bay a fourth-round draft pick acquired in the March 21 deal that sent Miami receiver Mark Ingram to the Packers.

Jackson, who turns 30 next month, is entering the final year of his contract. His agent, Gary Wichard, said Jackson will retire unless he signs a new long-term deal.

"Keith is not going anywhere as a hired gun for one year," Wichard said.

Negotiations with the Packers are likely.

"They'd like to bring us in and talk to us," Wichard said, "probably in the next few days."

Jackson was in Ghana and unavailable for comment. Green Bay obtained Jackson and the 116th pick in the draft for the 53rd pick.

Jackson was a Pro Bowl selection in 1988-90 and 1992-93. He's caught 388 passes for 4,636 yards and 38 touchdowns. Last season, he had 59 receptions for 674 yards and seven touchdowns.

"We feel good about how he will perform in Mike Holmgren's offense," said Ted Thompson, director of pro player personnel for the Packers. "He's an excellent receiving tight end who has the ability to get up the field."

Jackson was a first-round draft choice of the Philadelphia Eagles in 1988, spending four years with that team before moving to the Dolphins for the last three seasons.

"Keith Jackson did a good job for us in his years with the Dolphins," Miami coach Don Shula said. "I wish him nothing but the best this year with the Packers."

Party motive in question

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A party honoring Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Joe Montana reportedly is being planned in May, and The Kansas City Star is questioning whether it's a retirement party.

The Star and WDAF-TV reported Jennifer Montana is planning the bash in early May in San Francisco. Actor John Travolta, San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Jerry Rice and singer Huey Lewis -- all friends of Montana's -- also reportedly are involved in the planning.

Montana, who turns 39 on June 11, hasn't announced whether he'll return to the Chiefs for the final year of his three-year contract or retire.

"If he retires prior to the party, it will be, but he still hasn't made up his mind what he's going to do," The Star quoted an unidentified source as saying.

Stewart sues newspaper

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- James Stewart, a former star running back for the University of Miami, sued The New York Times for libel, saying the newspaper falsely reported he failed an NFL marijuana test.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages from The New York Times Co., reporter Mike Freeman and sports editor Neil Amdur.

A March 14 story written by Freeman quoted unidentified sources as saying Stewart failed a marijuana test at the NFL scouting combine in February. Former Miami defensive tackle Warren Sapp, a possible No. 1 draft pick, failed both cocaine and marijuana tests, the story said.

The NFL rebutted the report later that day, saying Stewart did not fail the marijuana test and Sapp did not fail the cocaine test.

Stewart is considered a potential first-round pick in the April draft. His suit, filed in Dade County Circuit Court, accuses the defendants of libel and negligence.

Rams to keep Hester

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Rams will keep wide receiver Jessie Hester, who had received an offer from the Seattle Seahawks.

Hester, a 10-year NFL veteran, ranked third on the team with 45 receptions last season. The Rams retained him by exercising right of first refusal on Wednesday.

Hester signed as an unrestricted free agent with Los Angeles last year after playing for the Indianapolis Colts.

He appeared in 16 games, gaining 644 yards in receptions with three touchdowns. He caught at least one pass in every game, extending his streak to 78 consecutive games, fifth-longest among active receivers.

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