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BenJarvus will chase the green on Tuesday

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On Friday, as we wrapped up the team-by-team 2012 offseason “to-do” lists, I offered some free advice to the Patriots.  (At least they got their money’s worth.)

Sign BenJarvus Green-Ellis.

Though his numbers aren’t spectacular, the guy has never fumbled in four NFL seasons.

It hasn’t been enough to get the Patriots to work out a deal with Green-Ellis, and Tom Curran of CSNNE.com reports that Green-Ellis will be on the market when it opens at 4:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday.

Curran writes that Green-Ellis will be “coveted” by other teams.  As well he should be.  With 536 regular-season touches and zero fumbles, who wouldn’t want the guy?

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55 Responses to “BenJarvus will chase the green on Tuesday”
  1. tallguyme says: Mar 13, 2012 8:09 AM

    As a Pats fan, I’d hate to see him go, but I wouldn’t overpay for the guy either.

  2. jets13 says: Mar 13, 2012 8:12 AM

    The Law Firm is headed to new york…..couldn’t tell ya what team, but it’ll be one of them

  3. kylecleric says: Mar 13, 2012 8:14 AM

    If he re-signs, so be it. He isn’t what we need at RB. It’s time to replace him with someone more dynamic, preferably cheaper.

  4. anyslacking says: Mar 13, 2012 8:16 AM

    Ridley next man up

  5. rob0527 says: Mar 13, 2012 8:21 AM

    Hope he comes to jets. We need a reliable back

  6. jetblackninja says: Mar 13, 2012 8:23 AM

    Shane Vereen and Stevan Ridley could have told you this last year.

  7. pats54 says: Mar 13, 2012 8:24 AM

    Good luck Law Firm! Any team will be lucky to have you.

  8. stew48 says: Mar 13, 2012 8:32 AM

    I salute you, Mike.

  9. play4blood says: Mar 13, 2012 8:34 AM

    Might prove to be an effective, and affordable, replacement for Michael Bush in Oakland. I’d be for it.

  10. mempusa says: Mar 13, 2012 8:35 AM

    He has to cash in after his idiot cousin lost $5Mil betting on the Pats to win the SB

  11. tigerlilac says: Mar 13, 2012 8:36 AM

    Another street free agent that the Patriots developed into a very productive player. Excellent at the goal line and a contributor on special teams but not a guy with the diverse skills that the Patriots need when they go no-huddle. When he signs elsewhere the Patriots should get a compensatory pick next year.

    I expect them to go after Michael Bush or someone in the draft. They have Ridley and Vereen on the roster for short dollars but will be looking for a big back that can pound the line of scrimmage and catch the football on screens and swing passes.

  12. severinsmith says: Mar 13, 2012 8:36 AM

    It’s going to bum me out if he leaves. I like Ridley, but I don’t think he’s there yet. If he goes I hope they have another answer.

  13. pacificamjr says: Mar 13, 2012 8:37 AM

    thats pretty amazing to have that many touches and not put the ball on the turf once

  14. plarkin88 says: Mar 13, 2012 8:38 AM

    Right now I’m willing to let him go and sign someone on defense that can recover a fumble. Seems like that was the difference in the Super Bowl. Spend the $$’s wisely, overpaying for an average back with a skill some teams will overpay for doesn’t sound like good investment.

  15. phillynac says: Mar 13, 2012 8:42 AM

    Who wouldn’t covet him? Maybe someone who wants more than 3.5 yards per carry.

  16. theandy59 says: Mar 13, 2012 8:42 AM

    I love Benny – he’s a guy who will always get at least what the play is blocked for, and usually he gets an extra yard or two. He doesn’t try and turn a 4 yard play into 40, he’ll take the 4 to 6 yards that are there. He’s dependable, doesn’t fumble, is mostly decent on blitz pick-up. The holes in his game are that he’s just barely serviceable as a receiver, lacks game-breaking speed and vision, and will occasionally whiff on blocks. In Parcellian speak, he’s a JAG. For Benny’s sake, I hope he gets some team to overpay for him – he was an undrafted free agent coming into the league, so he’s never made the big bucks. This is his chance for a big pay day and I don’t begrudge him for looking for it.

  17. udwnwitjpp says: Mar 13, 2012 8:45 AM

    Him and bradshaw will be beasty cuz they will be fresher thru out the season wit ware,scott gettn a few plays in in reese we trust #gethimjerry

  18. toonsterwu says: Mar 13, 2012 8:47 AM

    BGE is a great number 2 back, a guy who will hold onto the ball and stick his head down and get around 4 yards a carry. Problem is, how much do you pay for a guy like that, even if he doesn’t fumble? You can find backs like that all-around the league. A guy like Tolbert might not have as exemplary a track record of holding onto the ball, but he’s a more versatile player.

    Paying BGE a starter’s salary and giving him multiple years is probably foolish. The wear and tear on his body, plus his limitations, makes it tough. The Patriots drafted two RB’s for a reason last year, and while Ridley’s fumbles got him in the doghouse briefly, I imagine both Ridley and Vereen will be given a chance to take a bigger role. Add in a likely draft pick/FA pick up, and their run game should be okay relative to what it’s been the last few years.

  19. northshorejag says: Mar 13, 2012 8:48 AM

    or else!

  20. kungfubillysims says: Mar 13, 2012 8:53 AM

    We could use him in Detroit but we probably can’t afford him

  21. vaughnorange says: Mar 13, 2012 8:56 AM

    so what, I’ve never fumbled in the NFL. where’s my contract?

  22. nagidac says: Mar 13, 2012 8:57 AM

    To paraphrase Jim Gordon, he’s the RB that the Pats deserve, not the one they need.

  23. Patskrieg dot com says: Mar 13, 2012 8:57 AM

    “kylecleric says:
    Mar 13, 2012 8:14 AM
    If he re-signs, so be it. He isn’t what we need at RB. It’s time to replace him with someone more dynamic, preferably cheaper.”

    Oh you mean Shane Vereen? Yeah that’s worked stellar so far.

    Cut it out Belichick, Benny has been a rock for the Pats so far. Besides the obvious ball security he’s one of the better goal line backs in the league, and has single handedly closed out games grinding it out in the 4th quarter. Pay the man.

  24. dcbluestar says: Mar 13, 2012 9:00 AM

    Dallas!

  25. marima07 says: Mar 13, 2012 9:03 AM

    Benny is the perfect Patriot. All work, all heart, consistently improving, no stupid mistakes, fluent in Beli-speak. Pats are crazy to let him go.

  26. realitypolice says: Mar 13, 2012 9:04 AM

    It’s amazing how coaches pay lip service to “taking care of the football” but will always fall in love with the flashy back who puts the ball on the ground 10 times a year over a guy WHO HAS NEVER FUMBLED IN HIS ENTIRE CAREER.

  27. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Mar 13, 2012 9:06 AM

    I always thought the nickname ‘The Law Firm” was funny, but awkward. To paraphrase Social Network, just change it to “The Firm”. It’s cleaner.

  28. sj39 says: Mar 13, 2012 9:13 AM

    How dare you offer advice to the high, mighty and all powerful and all-knowing Patriots? Don’t you realize he should just shut up and play for the league minimum just for the right to play for the greatest sports franchise and owner of all time? Not to mention the great privilege of playing for the greatest football coach of all time and being handed the ball by Lord Brady? Sheesh!

  29. vegaskid21 says: Mar 13, 2012 9:14 AM

    LOL @ the Law Firm jokes

  30. truthhurtstoo says: Mar 13, 2012 9:16 AM

    paties haven’t drafted well of late… a sign of things to come?

  31. sonvar says: Mar 13, 2012 9:23 AM

    If he expects a lot of money in the FA market I think he’ll be surprised. Unless you are a top tier RB you don’t get huge money. He might get above the league minimum if signed for a long deal but he’s not worth overpaying at all.

  32. homelanddefense says: Mar 13, 2012 9:25 AM

    He is a good back, but he isnt a #1 back. Id love for him to stay but it has to be at the right price.

  33. Josh Sanchez says: Mar 13, 2012 9:28 AM

    That’s what led Ricky Williams to his first retirement.

  34. dynaco says: Mar 13, 2012 9:31 AM

    Man-up, the dude wants to WIN a superbowl, can’t blame him for looking.

  35. ampats says: Mar 13, 2012 9:31 AM

    Hopefully BJE will test the market and resign in NE, He is a reliable back that lacks explosiveness and never fumbles, hello Stevan Ridley ??

    I don’t see the Pats as very active in the RB market although I have always liked Michael Bush when he came out of Louisville.

  36. chiefultimo58 says: Mar 13, 2012 9:52 AM

    I’m thinking KC makes a pretty strong run at him. He’d be a good compliment to Jamaal Charles. Although as a Chiefs fan, I’m hoping we push for Michael Bush.

  37. 6ball says: Mar 13, 2012 10:00 AM

    .

    Belichick likes a committee approach as different styles may be more effective against a particular defensive scheme.

    Plus, having three 700 yard backs is cheaper and leaves you less vulnerable to injury than having one 2,000 yard RB.

    .

  38. mrgoogly says: Mar 13, 2012 10:02 AM

    I’ll trade one fumble for a big play

  39. portnoychunk says: Mar 13, 2012 10:12 AM

    Patskrieg dot com says: Mar 13, 2012 8:57 AM

    “kylecleric says:
    Mar 13, 2012 8:14 AM
    If he re-signs, so be it. He isn’t what we need at RB. It’s time to replace him with someone more dynamic, preferably cheaper.”

    Oh you mean Shane Vereen? Yeah that’s worked stellar so far.

    Cut it out Belichick, Benny has been a rock for the Pats so far. Besides the obvious ball security he’s one of the better goal line backs in the league, and has single handedly closed out games grinding it out in the 4th quarter. Pay the man.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Right, they need to overpay a running back, since they’re a team that runs the ball soooo much to begin with. I love BGE as much as the next guy, but this is what BB does. He finds guys off the heap and develops them into quality players (with the exception of DB’s!!!:)). You can’t pay everybody, and running backs come and go unless you’ve got a talent like Foster or Peterson.

    He will get overpaid (which he deserves) by another team. BB will stick with Vereen and Ridley and likely add a dependable veteran back who can grind out the tough yards. Vereen also had a shortened camp and had hammy issues, likely because of the lack of proper conditioning with the lock-out. They didn’t need him last year with Woodhead, Faulk, BGE, Ridley. He’ll have his shot this year.

  40. xxsweepthelegxx says: Mar 13, 2012 10:17 AM

    truthhurtstoo says:
    Mar 13, 2012 9:16 AM
    paties haven’t drafted well of late… a sign of things to come?
    ___________________
    Pats get a bad rep for “drafting poorly.” Some of it true, mainly defensively, but they have also landed some all pro beasts too. Last 2 years havent been as bad as advertised.
    Spikes (looked good when on the field)
    Gronk
    Hernandez
    Mesko (I know he’s a punter, but a good one)
    Cunningham isn’t bad at LB, young still
    McCourtey (lets see how he rebounds after a bad yr)
    Solder looks great at Tackle
    Cannon will get more time this year
    Ridley looks good so far
    Im excited to see what RasDowling can bring this year, providing he can stay healthy

  41. gdeli says: Mar 13, 2012 10:23 AM

    I would. All that cash coming your way and you did it yourself? not relying on anybody else or being in a rich relative’s will? priceless.

  42. bearsrulepackdrool says: Mar 13, 2012 10:50 AM

    mempusa says:
    Mar 13, 2012 8:35 AM
    He has to cash in after his idiot cousin lost $5Mil betting on the Pats to win the SB

    _______________________________

    Lol, that’s right. I forgot about Birdman betting on the Pats to win the SB. Maybe he can focus on his “son” Weezy not wearing pajamas in public.

  43. nflfollower says: Mar 13, 2012 10:53 AM

    There is a difference between a player who doesn’t screw up and a player who makes plays. The player who makes big plays gets paid big. Ben jarvis isn’t all that explosive. Reliable yes.

  44. marinephinfan says: Mar 13, 2012 11:00 AM

    Can you just not help but ride that Pats wagon? Your hyperbole about everything Patriots is funny. Let me help you out and show you why BenJarvus’ non-fumbling is good, but nothing spectacular and certainly not a reason to give him loads of money.

    The “Law Firm”, has had roughly 500 carries in 4 seasons. The NFL AVERAGE for fumbles per 100 carries is about 1. So, this means that BenJarvus has fumbled the football 5 times less, in 4 seasons, than the AVERAGE NFL RB. Hell, in his first two seasons he carried the ball a total of 100 times… 76 and 24 respectively.

    Not such a big deal when you look at the facts, eh?

  45. armchairqb says: Mar 13, 2012 11:02 AM

    He’s never fumbled. But he’s never done a lot of other stuff, either. I know it’s not the Pats way, but has BJE ever rushed for over 1000 yards?

  46. marima07 says: Mar 13, 2012 11:07 AM

    mempusa says: Mar 13, 2012 8:35 AM

    He has to cash in after his idiot cousin lost $5Mil betting on the Pats to win the SB
    ____________________________
    It was Benny’s uncle who tweeted he was going to bet on the Patriots to win, but he never put his money where his tweeter is.

  47. patsfiend says: Mar 13, 2012 11:08 AM

    toonsterwu says:
    Mar 13, 2012 8:47 AM
    BGE is a great number 2 back, a guy who will hold onto the ball and stick his head down and get around 4 yards a carry. Problem is, how much do you pay for a guy like that, even if he doesn’t fumble? You can find backs like that all-around the league. A guy like Tolbert might not have as exemplary a track record of holding onto the ball, but he’s a more versatile player.

    Paying BGE a starter’s salary and giving him multiple years is probably foolish. The wear and tear on his body, plus his limitations, makes it tough. The Patriots drafted two RB’s for a reason last year, and while Ridley’s fumbles got him in the doghouse briefly, I imagine both Ridley and Vereen will be given a chance to take a bigger role. Add in a likely draft pick/FA pick up, and their run game should be okay relative to what it’s been the last few years.
    ==============================
    Well put. Better than the actual article. I’m remembering that I like the offseason commenting better, since the posts generally don’t feature all the hate / bickering between Pats and whoever they’re playing that week.

  48. marinephinfan says: Mar 13, 2012 11:13 AM

    @armchair:

    Last year he rushed for 1008 yards. The guy is a good RB. However, most any player will succeed in that system and he will not play the same way on most other NFL teams.
    Also, what do you mean it’s not the Patriot’s way? They almost always, since 2000, have had an above average running game…at least.

  49. rc33 says: Mar 13, 2012 11:14 AM

    Pay Michael Bush instead.
    That’s a better complimentary back to run alongside Ridley, Vereen and Woodhead.
    Though they don’t necessarily have a “bell cow” N.E’s got talent at that position.

  50. chitownjeff says: Mar 13, 2012 11:15 AM

    You know.. after a certain point you just can’t keep going next man up.. You have to pay talent and keep talent.. Just keep going this direction..

  51. cannonballdookie says: Mar 13, 2012 11:35 AM

    Very average RB, runs hard in the red zone and protects the ball, but is a three yards and a cloud of dust guy. He’d be good in a complimentary system where they have another back to work in the passing game and provide big plays.

    I still see him as a fit in KC as Charles gets back to health, he’d be a better Thomas Jones.

    I don’t see him signing too quickly, he’ll have to see how the market plays out but he can still help a team.

  52. scottdragosnai says: Mar 13, 2012 11:44 AM

    The Law Firm is a baller, he needs more touches to truly shine!
    Scott Dragos NAI

  53. gtrav says: Mar 13, 2012 12:06 PM

    Benny is the man. This guy came off the practice squad and just tore it up a couple years ago. He never fumbles. He was never explosive, but he would always do the one-cut and run…no nonsense. And when he would run off left tackle he was always pretty darn good. No, he’s not a feature back, but Benny will be a Patriot I will really miss. He got his shot, he took advantage of it, and never looked back. Hard worker.

    Good luck Law Firm, and even if you end up on the Jets I still won’t be able to hate you. Thanks for your years as a Patriot. Truly a team-player.

  54. peepeetoucher says: Mar 13, 2012 1:19 PM

    Hes a very underrated player and wears defenses down. Good clock eating back also(even tho Pats never do that cuz they like to run up the score instead) but could if wanted. Runs with a passion. Total yards and avg. aren’t all that cuz they don’t run alot, but 24 TD’s last 2 seasons deserves a lil bit of $ He’s gotta eat.

  55. pftcensorssuck says: Mar 13, 2012 2:57 PM

    truthhurtstoo says:Mar 13, 2012 9:16 AM

    paties haven’t drafted well of late… a sign of things to come?
    ———————————————————-
    And that’s really hurt them the past two years, going 14-2 and then 13-3 with a Super Bowl appearence, right?

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