Green, Pack mull contract extension
Friday, November 10, 2006
Watertown Daily Times

Green, Pack mull contract extension
By Colin Fly AP sports writer

GREEN BAY - Running back Ahman Green confirmed Thursday that his agents are in talks with the Packers to extend his contract.

“They are talking, but I myself, I'm just focused on who we've got to face this week, which is the Vikings,” Green said.

Green, coming off an injury where he tore a tendon in Minnesota last year, signed a one-year, $1.75 million incentive-laden contract based on his performance this season.

A four-time Pro Bowler, Green had rushed for more than 1,100 yards in each of the previous five seasons for Green Bay before the injury.

“I'm not really thinking now or later right now,” Green said about the timing of an extension. “That stuff is going to come. It's either going to come during the season or it's going to come in the offseason. Whichever way it comes I can't worry about that timing.”

Green also returned to practice Thursday and said he'll probably continuing skipping Wednesday practices per his doctor's advice. He said he's getting closer to how he felt before the injury, but he's not there yet.

Still, the coaching staff has been impressed with the 29-year-old's performance to date. Green, who missed two games because of a hamstring injury this season, has run for 561 yards and three touchdowns as the Packers' second all-time leading rusher, now with 7,664 yards in his career. He also has three straight 100-yard games.

Jim Taylor holds the franchise rushing record with 8,207 yards from 1958 to 1966.

“I expected what I saw the last couple of games,” offensive coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski said. “I think Ahman Green is everything we thought he would be this year. I really do. I'm really pleased with how he runs. He runs hard. He runs downhill. He's a real good fit for what we do.”

Green said he's not concerned with returning to the place of his season-ending injury last year and he's expecting one of the stiffest challenges of the season against Minnesota.

“It's our next-door neighbor challenging us to a football game,” he said.

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