GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) _ This time, the Green Bay Packers will get tight end Keith Jackson for a full season.

Jackson, who missed six weeks of last season in a holdout and then starred in Green Bay's 27-17 playoff upset of San Francisco for the team's biggest win in decades, signed a two-year deal with the Packers on Thursday.

By signing Jackson, the Packers will keep one of the NFL's most potent tandems at tight end for quarterback Brett Favre, the league's most valuable player last season.

Tight end Mark Chmura, coming off his first Pro Bowl season, signed a three-year deal earlier this year.

Terms weren't disclosed. but it is believed Jackson will get $2.3 million plus incentives worth up to $475,000 each year. He became an unrestricted free agent after last season.

The Packers also reported signing linebacker Michael Johnson and wide receiver Desmond Howard.

Green Bay general manager Ron Wolf held back money during free agency this offseason, hoping Jackson would return and perform for an entire season as he did in the playoffs, when he caught 12 passes for 223 yards and two touchdowns.

Jackson, a five-time Pro Bowler, reported to the Packers 91 days late in 1995 after he was acquired in a trade from Miami. He played in nine regular-season games, starting just once, as Chmura took advantage to emerge as a Pro Bowler himself.

In the Packers' playoff victory over the 49ers, Jackson caught four passes for 101 yards and a touchdown.

He also had five catches for 99 yards, including a 24-yard touchdown, in the Packers' loss to Dallas in the NFC championship.

Jackson was the NFL's most productive tight end over the previous seven seasons, with 388 receptions. He earned Pro Bowl honors three times with the Philadelphia Eagles and twice with the Miami Dolphins, and his 401 career receptions ranks second among the league's active tight ends, behind Dallas' Jay Novacek, who has 422.

He is scheduled to check into the team's St. Norbert College training camp July 18 when the other veterans report.

``It was a difficult decision,'' Jackson said from his native Little Rock, Ark.

He said he had to weigh the chance to return to the Packers against going to New Orleans or back to Miami, ``but Green Bay won out in the end.''

``I'm in great shape,'' he said. ``But training camp will definitely push you to the point where you can play professional football.''

The Packers also signed the 33-year-old Johnson, the second-leading tackler with Detroit last season.

``I'm looking to go out with every intention of starting, and whatever happens, happens,'' Johnson said.

Howard, the Heisman Trophy winner at Michigan in 1991, played for Jacksonville last season.