Ex-Packers back lands on IR

Houston's big investment in Green backfires; Packers' RB approach a prime example

Last offseason when the Houston Texans threw "funny money" at Ahman Green to be their featured back. I knew this was a bad move. Green was great with the Packers but recent history suggested he was reaching the end of his rope. Friday he did, for the 2007 season, when he was placed on the injured-reserve list with a left knee injury.

Green signed a four-year, $23 million contract and was supposed revive a running game, which has really never shown much life in Houston. Now, a year later the Texans are where they were a year go – no real answer for a featured back, yet they have a $23 million washed-up back on their payroll.

Green rushed for 260 yards this season, or 36 fewer than what Minnesota rookie Adrian Peterson ran for against San Diego when he set an NFL record for rushing yards in a game.

Meanwhile, the Packers' running game which looked terrible earlier this season has life with Ryan Grant looking like a back for the present and future. Grant was unknown to Packers fans until he was traded from the Giants to the Packers after the preseason.

His ascension once again supports the theory running backs can be found in many places and throwing big money at older running backs is a horrible way to go. Some thought the Packers should've inquired about free agent Corey Dillon, late of the Patriots, after the running game was going nowhere early. The Packers are one of the NFL's prime examples that you can find quality backs without spending a ton of resources. Case in point, Edgar Bennett, Dorsey Levens and Green – all picked in the third round or later – rushed for 1,000 yards with the Packers.

And when they started slowing down the Packers looked elsewhere. Running backs don't have a long shelf life, so when in doubt go the younger and cheaper route. Although it might not be a hit immediately, history with the Packers shows in time the running game will get running once again.

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