Green accepts tender
Friday, May 4, 2001
Green Bay News-Chronicle

According to an NFL source, the Green Bay Packers re-signed running back Ahman Green to a one-year tender worth $1.115 million Wednesday.

The Packers eventually want to sign Green to a multi-year deal after Green led the Packers with 1,175 yards rushing, 73 receptions and 13 touchdowns (10 rush- ing and three receiving) last season. Before signing the tender, Green could've been signed by any other team, but the compensation would have been two first- round draft picks in return.

The Packers need Green now more than ever at running back because Dorsey Levens' future remains in doubt as he continues to struggle with a sore right knee. Head coach/general manager Mike Sherman questioned whether the team could hang on to Levens if his knee doesn't show any signs of improvement by the June minicamp.

"I think we have to come to a realization, probably in June," Sherman said. "He'll be the first one to tell me, 'It doesn't look good.'

"Once he tells me, 'Mike, it doesn't look like it's going to work,' I'll have to figure something out."

"It's about time they start thinking that way," an NFL source said. "They can't go into the season with questions on Levens!"

Whether Levens plays this coming se son or not, Green is the Packers' future at running back. Last year, he showed the ability to produce when given a chance, and beyond quarterback Brett Favre, Green was arguably the team's best offenssive player.

"In the second half of the year, he looked like a dynamic back," an NFL scout said.

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