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PACKERS' ALL-PRO LEVENS AGREES TO CONTRACT TERMS, ENDS HOLDOUT FROM CAMP

Pro Bowl halfback Dorsey Levens agreed to end his training-camp boycott by signing a one-year franchise tender with the Green Bay Packers, his agent said.

His acceptance of the $2.74 million tender would allow him to report for work in a few days while talks proceed on a long-term contract, agent Hadley Engelhard said.

"Dorsey just didn't want this to go on any longer," Engelhard told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "He really wants to play . . . the sooner the better."

Levens was in his fourth year out of Georgia Tech when he took over for injured Edgar Bennett in 1997, scoring seven touchdowns and rushing for 1,475 yards, 39 short of Jim Taylor's team record.

Placing the franchise tag on Levens effectively removed him from the free agency market because teams would have had to part with two first-round picks to lure him from Green Bay.

An obscure league rule says the Packers can retain their franchise designation and pass it on to another player, such as receiver Antonio Freeman, as long as they can sign Levens to a long-term deal by the end of the season.

Freeman also signed for $1.153 million and is due to become an unrestricted free agent next season unless he signs a long-term deal with the Packers, or the team slaps the franchise designation on him. He seeks a long-term deal along the lines of Cris Carter's four-year, $23.5 million extension with the Minnesota Vikings.

The Packers also traded kick returner Glyn Milburn to the Chicago Bears for an undisclosed draft choice. In Green Bay's five exhibition games this year, Milburn averaged 33.3 yards on 12 kickoff returns and 7.8 yards on seven punt returns.

Oilers 16, Broncos 13

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Oilers can start the regular season confident that they have won at least once in their new hometown.

Al Del Greco kicked three field goals, including a 51-yarder, as the Oilers held off Denver for their first victory in Music City.

Both Denver (3-1) and Tennessee (3-1) limited their starters to the first half, with John Elway playing only one series and Steve McNair two.

Steelers 38, Panthers 24

PITTSBURGH -- Quarterback Pete Gonzalez, fighting for a spot on the Pittsburgh roster, led two fourth-quarter scoring drives in the Steelers' (3-2) victory over Carolina (2-2).

Carolina's Steve Beuerlein finished 13 of 19 for 153 yards. Chris Fuamatu-Ma'afala ran for 68 yards on 13 carries for Pittsburgh, and Richard Huntley had 54 yards, including a 23-yard TD run -- his third touchdown in two games.

The Panthers received a scare late in the first quarter when guard Jamie Wilson became tangled among several Steelers while pulling along the line of scrimmage. The game was delayed for 15 minutes as he was strapped onto a stretcher and taken to a nearby hospital.

Cardinals 21, Raiders 14

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Michael Pittman ran for his third touchdown, a 4-yard run with 44 seconds remaining, to give Arizona a victory over Oakland.

Pittman also had a 1-yard scoring run in the first quarter and a 4-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter for the Cardinals (2-2), who pulled their first-string offense in the first quarter.

Stoney Case, who was 15 of 25 for 158 yards while playing most of the game for Arizona, led the Cardinals on a 14-play, 58-yard drive in the closing minutes to set up Pittman's third scoring run.

Donald Hollas threw scoring passes of 27 yards to Kenny Shedd and 9 yards to Terry Mickens for the Raiders (2-2), who lost their last two exhibition games at home after beginning the preseason with wins at Dallas and Green Bay.

Patriots 24, Eagles 7

FOXBORO, Mass. -- First-round pick Robert Edwards, the heir apparent to Curtis Martin, had a successful game for New England (3-2): he didn't get hurt against Philadelphia (1-3).

Dietrich Jells, a long shot to make the team, did even better. He caught two touchdown passes and recovered a fumble.

Edwards, who missed the previous three exhibition games with a groin problem after an injury-plagued career at Georgia, finished with 38 yards on 15 carries. He's the likely successor to Martin, now with the New York Jets.

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