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PRO FOOTBALL DAILY REPORT : NFC : Green Bay Signs Jim McMahon

Times Wire Services

The Green Bay Packers, looking for a backup to quarterback Brett Favre, claimed Jim McMahon on waivers from Cleveland on Tuesday.

McMahon, 36, is in his 14th season in the NFL and will be joining his seventh team. McMahon played for the Chicago Bears from 1982-88, leading them to the Super Bowl after the 1985 season. He went to San Diego in 1989 and also played for Philadelphia, Minnesota and Arizona before joining Cleveland this season.

He has a 67-30 record in games he has started, the best among active NFL quarterbacks.

The Packers released running back LeShon Johnson, who has not played much after starting this season on the injured reserve list following knee surgery at the end of last season.

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