The Packers re-signed running back Ahman Green to a one-year deal that is going to be worth between $3 million and $5 million.
The contract carries a base value of $2 million, along with $3 million worth of incentives.
Green sold new head coach Mike McCarthy on his dedication and hard work by showing up early this off-season to train for the 2006 season. After coming off an injury plagued 2005 season, Green wanted to show management how much he wanted to be a Packer.
The team responded quickly by not letting him hit the free agent market and agreeing to a deal Sunday night.
Green, 29, has been a star for the Packers since coming to them in 2000 in a trade with the Seattle Seahawks. He had five seasons in which he gained more than 1,100 yards, and he's been a leader of the team.
At the recent NFL Scouting Combine, McCarthy spoke about how important it was for Green to be part of the team and he was hoping for a quick signing. The return of Green could play into the decision making of quarterback Brett Favre, who is contemplating retirement.
Without a running game and because of poor blocking on the interior of the offensive line, Favre struggled. The Packers entered the weekend with the most cap room of any team in the league. They spent their first dollars on a player they couldn't afford to lose.