Green Bay Packers Welcome Back RB Ahman Green

Thaddeus WalkContributor IOctober 21, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - JANUARY 11:  Running back Ahman Green #30 of the Green Bay Packers carries the football for 33-yards against the Philadelphia Eagles in the second quarter during the NFC divisional playoffs on January 11, 2004 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

With an ailing backfield and an anemic running game through five games, the Green Bay Packers have reunited with an old star, signing veteran and six-year Packer Ahman Green from free agency.

Green, a free agent after two uneventful years with the Houston Texans, signed a one-year deal with Green Bay and will be on the practice field today, according to Packers beat writer Greg A. Bedard.

Green was drafted in the third round (76th overall) of the 1998 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks, and while Green produced a high yards-per-rush average (6.0 in 1998), he had difficulty earning significant playing time behind established veteran Rickey Watters. He was traded in 2000 to the Packers and went on to be a five-time Pro Bowler before succumbing to injuries and being let go to free agency after the 2006 campaign, when we was singed by struggling Houston.

In Green's last full season with Houston in 2008, he gained a total of 294 yards and scored three touchdowns on 74 carries.

Now that DeShawn Wynn (ACL tear) has been placed on the IR and is out for the season, Green is in as the No. 2 tailback. He will most likely be inactive against the Browns on Sunday for Week Six, and he won't threaten incumbent starting RB Ryan Grant's carries down the line, but should quickly become a factor on third down in place of ineffective Brandon Jackson. He will wear number 34.