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Packers Trade Milburn to Bears

August 30, 1998

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) _ The Green Bay Packers traded kick returner Glyn Milburn to the Chicago Bears on Saturday for an undisclosed draft choice.

The running back, in his sixth season out of Stanford, worked primarily as a kick returner in 1996 with Detroit and for much of the 1997 season, during which he was named an alternate returner for the NFC in the Pro Bowl.

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.

Bears spokesman Bryan Harlan said the Bears will assume Milburn’s contract.

The Packers spent 1997 seeking a replacement for Desmond Howard as a kick returner, even experimenting with receivers Antonio Freeman and Robert Brooks in the playoffs.

They signed both Roell Preston and Milburn in the offseason.

Coach Mike Holmgren indicated Wednesday it would be a tough decision to keep both because that would affect the depth chart at another position.

Milburn won the MVP award and a Harley-Davidson motorcycle for his showing in the Packers’ first preseason game, against Kansas City at Tokyo, when he had a 76-yard kickoff return.

Preston beat him out by returning a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown against Denver on Monday and a 50-yard return against Miami on Friday.

With his 50-yard return, Preston raised his preseason kickoff return average to 34.1 yards.

Preston’s average on kickoffs would be even higher if his 53-yard return against New Orleans had not been reduced to 17 by a penalty.

Preston set a club record with 211 return yards against Indianapolis last year, the only game he was on the roster.

The Packers released him last season because they needed room for linebacker George Koonce, who was activated off the injured list for the stretch run after recovering from knee surgery.

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