Running back re-signs

Restricted free agent Najeh Davenport re-signed with the Green Bay Packers today. Terms of Davenport's contract were not available, but he received the minimum one-year tender of $656,000 from the Packers in late February.<p>

Davenport, who is entering his fourth season, played in 11 games last year with one start. He was inactive for five others due to injuries to both hamstrings and shoulder. He finished second on the team in rushing with 359 yards on 71 carries (5.1 avg.) and two touchdowns. He he also had four receptions for 33 yards and 14 kickoff returns for 286 yards (20.4 avg.).

Davenport underwent surgery on his shoulder on March 11, which likely scared other teams away from trying to sign him.

Davenport, 26, is the top backup to Pro Bowler Ahman Green, and also the team's primary kickoff returner. The 6-foot-1, 250-pound veteran out of Miami (Fla.) had a career game against St. Louis Nov. 29, rushing 19 times for 178 yards and a touchdown in place of the injured Green (knee). The output ranked as the NFL's third-highest total over the last 20 years for a player in his first league start. It was the fifth-highest one-game total in Packers history.

Davenport, selected by Green Bay with a compensatory selection in the fourth round of the 2002 NFL draft, has averaged 5.1 yards per carry (187 carries, 963 yards) with five touchdowns, and 25.6 yards per kickoff return (36 returns, 921 yards).

As a restricted free agent, Davenport was free to negotiate with other teams. If another team would have made an offer for Davenport, the Packers would have had the right to match the offer, or receive a fourth-round draft pick in this year's NFL draft as compensation.

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