Green headed to Texans

Jason Cole
Yahoo! Sports

Ahman Green became the first free agent running back to sign a contract this offseason as he agreed to a four-year, $23 million deal with the Houston Texans on Sunday.

The deal includes $8 million in the first year between signing bonus, roster bonus and base salary. Green also gets $18 million over the first three years of the contract, another staggering amount in a year of hefty contracts around the NFL.

Green's deal is the same total as the extension signed by Jacksonville Jaguars running back Fred Taylor earlier in the week.

With Green off the market, Jamal Lewis, Dominic Rhodes and Travis Henry are the most prominent backs available. A Baltimore source said he thought that Lewis might re-sign with the Ravens for approximately $2 million per season. Considering the market, the price could go up.

Green, 30, has rushed for more than 1,000 yards in six of the past sevens seasons. He missed much of the 2005 season with a quadriceps injury. Green also received offers from the Denver Broncos and Green Bay Packers before ultimately choosing Houston.