The Green Bay Packers Monday re-signed four-time Pro Bowl running back Ahman Green to a one-year contract extension. Executive Vice President, General Manager and Director of Football Operations Ted Thompson announced the signing.
Green's return keeps him within reach of becoming the most prolific running back in the Packers' storied history. In 2006, Green could capture franchise records in rushing yards and total yards from scrimmage, marks held by a pair of Pro Football Hall of Famers. Green needs 1,101 yards on the ground to top Jim Taylor and 464 yards of total offense to surpass James Lofton. He enters '06 second in team annals with 7,103 rushing yards and third with 9,438 total yards.
Ahead of schedule in his rehabilitation from a ruptured quadriceps tendon, Green hopes to begin running in the next few months. The injury ended his 2005 season Oct. 23 at Minnesota.
Prior to his injury-shortened 2005 campaign, no NFL player had collected more rushing yards or total yards from scrimmage from 2000-04, when Ron Wolf acquired Green in a trade with the Seattle Seahawks.
A patient but explosive back, Green authored the two longest NFL carries, 98- and 90-yard touchdowns in 2003 and '04, respectively, becoming the first player to hold that distinction in consecutive seasons since Bo Jackson in 1989-90.
In 2003, Green ran for more yards (1,883) than any player in NFL history who did not win the league's rushing title. In the process, he broke the league's oldest single-season franchise rushing mark, Taylor's 1,474 in 1962.
The 10th running back drafted in 1998, Green was an All-American at the University of Nebraska. He graduated from the same Omaha, Neb., high school that produced Hall of Famer Gale Sayers.
Also Monday, the Packers announced that CB Jason Horton has signed a one-year contract extension.