Ahman Green makes dud free-agent list

I don't buy that Ahman Green (Texans, 2007) was a worse free-agent buy than Larry Brown in Oakland in 1996, a signing I covered for the Oakland Tribune.

But Green certainly didn't pan out in a big way for the Texans.

Brian McIntyre rates Green as the ninth-most disappointing free-agent pickup of the past 25 years.

A perennial Pro Bowler with the Green Bay Packers from 2001-04, Green's 2005 season ended with a torn thigh tendon in Week 5, though Green would bounce back in 2006 to rank ninth among running backs with 116 rushing DYAR in the final season of his 20s. Less than three weeks after he turned 30, the Texans signed Green to a four-year, $23 million contract that included $8 million the first season. Green rushed for 554 yards and five touchdowns in two injury-riddled seasons.

To think not too long later, the team would find a guy who led the league in rushing as an undrafted free agent. A cheap find like Arian Foster helps take the sting out of the money spent on Green.