A state trooper made the arrest Tuesday after pulling over a
vehicle on Interstate 94 near Foster for speeding. Authorities said
Verba, 33, was a passenger in the vehicle.
Capt. Doug Notbohm, commander of the Wisconsin State Patrol in
Eau Claire, said Verba was cooperative throughout the process.
"The officer recognized the name, and [Verba] voluntarily
identified himself as an NFL football player," Notbohm said
The trooper discovered that Verba had a felony arrest warrant
from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and the bad check
unit of the Clark County, Nev., district attorney's office.
Verba spent the night in jail and was released Wednesday after
Nevada authorities lifted a hold on him. Notbohm said he was told
Verba had resolved a misunderstanding regarding an outstanding debt
with a Las Vegas establishment.
The number at Verba's most recent listed residence in suburban
Minneapolis had been disconnected, and he could not be reached for
comment. A message left with the Lions was not immediately
Verba started seven games this year before a groin injury on
Dec. 10 against the Vikings ended his season.
He was the Packers' first-round draft pick in 1997 and started
at left tackle for the Packers when they reached the Super Bowl
later that season, which ended with a loss to the Broncos.
After four seasons in Green Bay, Verba went on to play four
seasons for the Cleveland Browns, but his relationship soured with
the organization. He paid back a $465,000 roster bonus to be
released in 2005.
Verba had wanted to make the same money as St. Louis' Orlando
Pace and Seattle's Walter Jones, who make about $7.5 million per
season. Instead, he didn't play in 2005 and signed a one-year deal
with Detroit with a club option for 2007.