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Patriots have had contract talks with Green-Ellis

Patriots' running back Green-Ellis runs with his gloves stuck in his face mask during a practice for the NFL Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis Reuters

BenJarvus Green-Ellis led the Patriots in rushing the last two years and he’s yet to fumble in his career.

He’s been a great success story as an undrafted free agent, and now he gets a chance to cash in as an unrestricted free agent. The question is whether he will cash in with New England.

His agent Joel Segal joined PFT Live Tuesday and said that there have been “on and off” contract talks with the Patriots. New England traditionally doesn’t like to break the bank at running back (Corey Dillon an exception) and they drafted two running backs last year: Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen.

Green-Ellis is a rock solid player, but not a special talent that will attract huge dollars. We’d guess that the Patriots would welcome keeping “The Law Firm” at their price, but it wouldn’t be surprising if Green-Ellis can find a higher price elsewhere.

Kansas City, where the Chiefs could use someone to pair with Jamaal Charles, looks like one possible fit.

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33 Responses to “Patriots have had contract talks with Green-Ellis”
  1. terrellochouno says: Feb 14, 2012 1:57 PM

    This guy will be a great asset to any team he plays for… and god knows, he’s not gonna get a ring in New England.

  2. nxsteven says: Feb 14, 2012 1:58 PM

    Pass first team is going to carry four RB’s and a FB? Normally the Pats don’t carry the FB but they did down the stretch last season.

    A bit strange…

  3. ampats says: Feb 14, 2012 1:59 PM

    Law Firm will re sign with the Pats. He is a valuable role player in the Pats O.

    As many players come to learn the grass is not always greener on the other side, just ask Deion Branch.

  4. touchdownroddywhite says: Feb 14, 2012 2:02 PM

    The guy has never fumbled. He may not be a “special talent” but he’s the definition of a “solid player”. My guess is he and the Pat’s find a way to meet in the middle.

  5. barryblogs says: Feb 14, 2012 2:04 PM

    Under-rated back. Hope the Pats keep him.

  6. sj39 says: Feb 14, 2012 2:11 PM

    BB has that team some kind of screwed up. Seem to be no real team chemistry or identity. I guess Pioli had a lot more to do with re-tooling while maintaining the team each year than he was given credit for. Bye bye little dynasty.

  7. 6ball says: Feb 14, 2012 2:13 PM

    .

    No fumbles, but also no negative plays……an underrated statistic for a RB.

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  8. descendency says: Feb 14, 2012 2:15 PM

    nxsteven says:
    Feb 14, 2012 1:58 PM
    Pass first team is going to carry four RB’s and a FB? Normally the Pats don’t carry the FB but they did down the stretch last season.

    A bit strange…

    ——————–

    They had 5 RBs and a FB last year (Polite, Faulk, BJGE, Woodhead, Ridley, and Vereen).

    I really hope he sticks around, because while he isn’t much more than a system back, he’s getting better every season he’s been in NE. He never fumbles (literally).

  9. S says: Feb 14, 2012 2:21 PM

    terrellochouno says: Feb 14, 2012 1:57 PM

    This guy will be a great asset to any team he plays for… and god knows, he’s not gonna get a ring in New England.
    ————–

    You’re right, he probably won’t get “a” ring in New England….

  10. tedmurph says: Feb 14, 2012 2:22 PM

    BJGE ellis was a great pick up for the team. Pats will prob low-ball him, with two high draft picks at RB last yr they don’t really need him. If someone offers more, good for him. If so, they’ll prob add a cheap vet as well, some one like McGahee or RWillims last yr. They only carried a FB because they were banged up at OL. They usually only use a fullback(OL) on goaline situations. Faulk will retire.

  11. moderndayjhericurl says: Feb 14, 2012 2:27 PM

    Why would any decent running back want to sign with a team that passes 80% of the time?

  12. august1969 says: Feb 14, 2012 2:29 PM

    Pats trade a 2nd for Jonathan Stewart and law firm signs with Green Bay.

  13. giantlucksacks says: Feb 14, 2012 2:31 PM

    No fumbles and no negative rushes is an incredible stat.

    If the Pats pick up a deep threat, a corner, and a blitzing LB, they’re looking at 13-14 wins again next year.

  14. ampats says: Feb 14, 2012 2:40 PM

    sj39 says,

    “BB has that team some kind of screwed up.”

    Yeah real screwed up an AFC Championship and 5 trips in the past 10 seasons to the SB.

    Keep the hate coming jets fan, maybe BB can learn about locker room chemistry from your master Rex Ryan?

    Enjoy your upcoming 44th anniversary of futility

  15. rc33 says: Feb 14, 2012 2:40 PM

    terrellochouno says: Feb 14, 2012 1:57 PM

    This guy will be a great asset to any team he plays for… and god knows, he’s not gonna get a ring in New England.
    ——————————————–
    Please enlighten us on who are those “sure thing” Super Bowl winners in the next couple seasons.
    Vegas and I definitely want to know.

  16. guypatsfan says: Feb 14, 2012 2:40 PM

    He’s a good running back, but he’s underutilized by the Pats. My thinking is that he’ll sign for bigger bucks and more playing time elsewhere.

  17. portnoychunk says: Feb 14, 2012 2:43 PM

    sj39 says: Feb 14, 2012 2:11 PM

    BB has that team some kind of screwed up. Seem to be no real team chemistry or identity. I guess Pioli had a lot more to do with re-tooling while maintaining the team each year than he was given credit for. Bye bye little dynasty.

    ^^^^^^^^^^
    I’m a Pats fan and the whole “dynasty” talk is pretty pointless. The Pats have the most wins of any team in the past 10 years and just played in another Superbowl WHILE rebuilding on the fly. As a fan of a sports team, I’ll take that. The Pats are competitive every year and always in the hunt. There are plenty of other fans out there who would prefer that over knowing their team is out of the running every October. You can dislike the coach, QB, team concept all you want, but your post is beyond stupid.

  18. hartleechung says: Feb 14, 2012 2:51 PM

    All signs point to him going elsewhere for more money. That being said, I wish they would sign him and USE him some more. I was surprised he wasn’t used more in the superbowl.

  19. S says: Feb 14, 2012 2:53 PM

    sj39 says: Feb 14, 2012 2:11 PM

    BB has that team some kind of screwed up. Seem to be no real team chemistry or identity. I guess Pioli had a lot more to do with re-tooling while maintaining the team each year than he was given credit for. Bye bye little dynasty.
    ———-

    I agree, better that your team has no dynasty at all, rather than a little one. And if there is one thing this version of the Patriots lacked, it was obviously chemistry.

  20. august1969 says: Feb 14, 2012 2:56 PM

    There is no team in the NFL in the last 10 years better than the Patriots.

    Overall win percentage.
    Superbowl wins.
    Conference Championships.
    Playoff appearances.
    Divisional championships.

    Certain things cannot be disputed.

  21. CKL says: Feb 14, 2012 2:58 PM

    @ Portnoy,

    That’s one of those bitter fans, who lives to post nonsense on all Pats posts. Sad little man.

    I love Law Firm, and if he does find more money and greener pastures elsewhere I will wish him all the best. He’s a class act and also will never embarrass any team off the field. I hope he stays though. I’m guessing Faulk is probably at the end of the line and they won’t carry Polite next year or draft another RB on the first or second day so he has a decent chance of sticking if there’s mutual interest.

  22. sj39 says: Feb 14, 2012 3:27 PM

    Pats fans are funny.

  23. mgfred says: Feb 14, 2012 3:53 PM

    We need Benny, I hope we keep him!

    Very underated player.

  24. buffalomafia says: Feb 14, 2012 3:56 PM

    Don’t worry about him. Worry that Tom Brady get hurt this season especially during a Bills game!

  25. pitt4059 says: Feb 14, 2012 4:00 PM

    Mendenhall is out, Pittsburgh can use a back like Green-Ellis.

  26. infectorman says: Feb 14, 2012 4:03 PM

    lets not forget the value of a Veteran RB/ Belichick guy to “guide” and teach the youngsters, Vereen and Ridley the BJGE way along with the Patriot way: fall forward, don’t fumble and punch in 9-12 TD’s a year.
    Benny will be back.

  27. homelanddefense says: Feb 14, 2012 4:24 PM

    BJGE is a nice player, very solid guy. But probably more of a good backup than a starter. He will always get you SOMETHING but rarely if ever gets you everything.

  28. nfl1818 says: Feb 14, 2012 4:25 PM

    sj39 says: Feb 14, 2012 2:11 PM

    “BB has that team some kind of screwed up. Seem to be no real team chemistry or identity”

    “And if there is one thing this version of the Patriots lacked, it was obviously chemistry.”

    And how was that so obvious ? Love the confidence in your statement w/o any backing.

    Fact is, it’s widely known in NE that this team has heart and chemistry, much more so than in 09, and that both Kraft and Belichick really liked this team from that perspective.

  29. nfl1818 says: Feb 14, 2012 4:26 PM

    Polite listed as FB but was spec teams

  30. marima07 says: Feb 14, 2012 5:57 PM

    I love the guy. Benny was hurt last year and I believe the only reason he wasn’t used more was the dreaded Turf Toe.

    Teammates say he works like a maniac at practice and in the offseason, and is single-minded in his pursuit of being the best he can possibly be.

    That’s a trait that’s hard to find in some first-round picks, let alone an undrafted free agent.

  31. patsfiend says: Feb 14, 2012 6:35 PM

    Benny has been solid, and I hope he comes back. But seriously, what is his longest career rush with the Pats? Probably about 20 yards.

    I guess lack of explosion, in his case, is made up for by reliability, lack of negative plays, and blocking ability (which ought to be a prized trait of any Pats player on O.)

  32. TheWizard says: Feb 14, 2012 6:42 PM

    Pittsburgh can use a back like Green-Ellis

    He does seem like that type of player.

    If this occurs to Belichick, which of course everything does, it may be a little extra incentive to bring him back.

    Then again there are two young guys presumably ready to go. Good problem to have for a change.

  33. gimmeabruschi says: Feb 14, 2012 9:12 PM

    Benny at anything other than a bargain price is undesirable to the Pats.

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