Running back re-signs

Herron gets one-year deal as exclusive rights free agent

Running back Noah Herron signed an exclusive rights contract with the Green Bay Packers on Wednesday, has learned. Herron has been a reserve in the Packers' backfield since he was signed by the Packers off the Pittsburgh Steelers' practice squad in late November of 2005.

As an exclusive rights free agent, Herron was unable to negotiate with any other National Football League team. The Packers own his rights and likely made him the minimum qualifying offer of a one-year, $435,000 contract.

Herron, who is entering his third season, rushed for 106 yards on 20 carries Oct. 8 against St. Louis, but that was his only shining moment in 2006 for the Packers. From that point on, he was beat out by Vernand Morency for the backup spot behind Ahman Green and was buried on the depth chart as the team's third-down back. He also was a mainstay on special teams.

Herron finished with a total of 150 yards rushing on 37 carries for a 4.1-yard avg. and one touchdown. He also caught 29 passes for 211 yards and two touchdowns and averaged 17.9 yards on eight kickoff returns.

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