Running back re-signs

The Green Bay Packers today re-signed running back Tony Fisher to a one-year exclusive-rights contract. Fisher's deal is worth the minimum salary of $380,000.<p>

As an exclusive-rights free agent, Fisher had no option other than to sign with the Packers.

Fisher, 24, last season served as the Packers' third-down back and as a valuable special teams performer, both on coverage and as part of the kickoff-return unit. He played in 15 games, usually rotating in with Najeh Davenport behind Pro Bowl starter Ahman Green. Fisher (6-foot-1, 222-pounds) averaged an impressive 5.0 yards per carry while rushing 40 times for 200 yards and one TD to rank third on the team. He also caught a career-best 21 passes for 206 yards and two touchdowns, and added 11 coverage stops during the regular season, a performance punctuated by a club-high six special teams tackles in two playoff games.

Fisher was one of three undrafted rookie free agents to make the Packers' 2002 season-opening roster. He beat out Ki-Jana Carter, Jason Brookins, Rondell Mealey and Herbert Goodman to make the roster. His 283 rushing yards that season were the most by a Green Bay rookie in 16 years, since Kenneth Davis had 519 in 1986.

A four-year letterman at Notre Dame, Fisher was overlooked in the 2002 draft because he split time with other talented tailbacks. He started 20 of 41 games in his career at Notre Dame but the Irish used a rotating system of backs which limited his overall carries.

As a high-school senior in 1997, Fisher was Ohio's 'Mr. Football,' following previous winners Andy Katzenmoyer and Charles Woodson.

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