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Green-Ellis sliding into obscurity in Cincinnati

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With the Bengals spending a second-round pick in each of the last two years on tailbacks, a free-agent arrival from 2012 has moved closer to becoming the odd man out.

And with injuries and (in Seattle) a holdout popping up throughout the NFL, don’t be shocked if a market emerges for BenJarvus Green-Ellis.

After gaining 1,094 yards on 278 carries in 2012, the arrival of Giovani Bernard dropped the veteran’s attempts from 278 to 220, with only 754 yards (3.4 per carry).

Now, with the Bengals devoting another second-round pick to former LSU tailback Jeremy Hill, Green-Ellis may not be in position to justify his $2.3 million salary.  Before cutting him, though, the Bengals could try to move him.

Especially if guys like Kendall Hunter keep getting hurt and if Marshawn Lynch’s holdout continues.

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37 Responses to “Green-Ellis sliding into obscurity in Cincinnati”
  1. brokebackbrees says: Jul 26, 2014 9:31 PM

    Straight back to New England.

  2. arcuesta730 says: Jul 26, 2014 9:41 PM

    Could bring some much needed veteran presence (…and productivity) to the Broncos very young backfield.

  3. samoanjungle says: Jul 26, 2014 9:43 PM

    The guy is a class act all of the way so I wish him luck.
    It’s not all his fault that he had 3.4 avg. He is an inside runner and there weren’t enough holes for him to run through.
    There were injuries on the OL and the Center wasn’t moving people.

  4. avr29 says: Jul 26, 2014 9:44 PM

    Why would Seattle even consider it? They’d have to give up a draft pick for a player who will take up cap space (which would be less they can roll over into next offseason) and sit behind Turbin and Michael. They’re perfectly capable of going into the season with Michael, Turbin, and Ware at the tailback spot (Ware can play both tailback and fullback).

  5. canetic says: Jul 26, 2014 9:44 PM

    He’d be top dog in Miami. Definitely worth $2.3 mil for a team, just not Cincy.

  6. barsfordays says: Jul 26, 2014 9:56 PM

    This guy has sucked his entire career. Its beyond me why hes even on a roster nevermind being the starter. Its unbelieveable. The dude cant average higher than 3.5 a carry. Im a 17 yr old kid from Ottawa Canada, 5’8″ 125 lbs and theres no doubt in my mind i could outplay this guy. Hockey is my sport btw. Never played a down of football in my life

  7. buckybadger says: Jul 26, 2014 10:01 PM

    Jeremy Hill will be the lead back on the Bengals by week 3.

  8. laxer37 says: Jul 26, 2014 10:11 PM

    Green-Ellis probably better off in new surroundings. Cincy’s o-line going to have trouble opening holes with Whitworth unable to stay healthy and a huge hole at center.

  9. bonnovi says: Jul 26, 2014 10:34 PM

    Maybe he should open a law firm…

  10. j0esixpack says: Jul 26, 2014 10:35 PM

    barsfordays: This guy has sucked his entire career. Im a 17 yr old kid
    ———————————–

    Yeah – remember his rookie season in 2008 when he played like a rookie? (you were 10 at the time)

  11. jmble says: Jul 26, 2014 10:41 PM

    You do realize that Whitworth has only missed two games in the last five years, right? He’s starting camp on PUP with a minor injury. He should be activated any day now.

  12. edavidberg says: Jul 26, 2014 10:45 PM

    He’s not a good back at this point. No power and no speed the only way he makes the team is due to his leadership.

  13. vottorific says: Jul 26, 2014 10:48 PM

    This dude is a pro thru and thru. Hope they don’t cut him. Florio is right, one injury away from wishing they would have kept him.

  14. realmenwearstripes says: Jul 26, 2014 10:53 PM

    I appreciate what the Law Firm did for my Bengals. He was a rock in the offense. Marvin Lewis should be fair to him and cut him right now, to give him time to catch on somewhere else, if he can.

    Time marches on, BJGE. Thanks for all the first downs. Good luck wherever you end up.

    Signed,
    A Grateful Bengals fan.

    Who Dey?

  15. realmenwearstripes says: Jul 26, 2014 10:56 PM

    laxer37 says:
    Jul 26, 2014 10:11 PM
    Green-Ellis probably better off in new surroundings. Cincy’s o-line going to have trouble opening holes with Whitworth unable to stay healthy and a huge hole at center.
    ——
    The guy who benched 42 times at the combine is a “hole at center?” Let’s see him play some actual games before we make that assumption.

  16. realmenwearstripes says: Jul 26, 2014 10:59 PM

    This guy has sucked his entire career. Its beyond me why hes even on a roster nevermind being the starter. Its unbelieveable. The dude cant average higher than 3.5 a carry. Im a 17 yr old kid from Ottawa Canada, 5’8″ 125 lbs and theres no doubt in my mind i could outplay this guy. Hockey is my sport btw. Never played a down of football in my life
    ——-
    3.5 a carry isn’t bad when your role on the offense is to get <2 yards and a first down. And he has done that the last two years. Well. Even when the D knew it was coming.

  17. madpunter88 says: Jul 26, 2014 11:02 PM

    That’s just a silly comment that the Seahawks would have any interest in the Law Firm. They are not rewriting Lynch’s contract because they are so confident in Turbin and Michael.

  18. bengalsbilly says: Jul 26, 2014 11:11 PM

    He won’t get a lot of yards, but if you need 1 or 2 yards – he’s still very effective at it. He had one good game against San Diego in the regular season when the line was still playing well (no one looked good in the playoff game, ugh). I am just not sure how many teams even care anymore about running the ball on the 3rd and short anymore.

  19. bengalskuta82 says: Jul 26, 2014 11:12 PM

    Whatever team picks Benny, theyll be making a good move. Great guy, still has some power in him and a top Pro. That is if he doesnt make the squad

  20. thevikingsarewherecareersend says: Jul 27, 2014 1:26 AM

    I don’t want to hear this guy has sucked his whole career stuff. This guy has exceeded expectations going from handcrafted free agent to a starter. If you did what he did you would get eaten alive. He’s a bigger back who takes big hits because he plays with power. Do not come with I could do better than him when he’s a professional and your not.

  21. yojoemama says: Jul 27, 2014 2:58 AM

    He should just start a law firm. It’ll already sound like an established firm with three partners.

  22. pooflingingmonkey says: Jul 27, 2014 3:44 AM

    Maybe the Raiders will trade two firsts and a second for him?

  23. doctorrustbelt says: Jul 27, 2014 4:41 AM

    BGE is a good veteran presence… but… his receiving ability is mediocre (at best).

    The Bengals offensive line IS NOT in good shape.

    Center and Left Guard are a HUGE WEAKNESS.

    Whitworth while a great leader and dependable (doesn’t miss games and can play guard) is aging and slowly deteriorating (though, he’s still better than most).

    ONE MORE THING: Bench press performance IS NOT a good indicator of offensive line ability

  24. jchipwood says: Jul 27, 2014 5:55 AM

    He was much better in new england when he knew the defenses play calls.

  25. coachbeck says: Jul 27, 2014 7:14 AM

    Having BJGE is a luxury right now. Cincy has really beefed up the Rb position last two years. If hill can pass protect and hold on to the ball BJGE days are probably numbered. Look for him to be released of traded before pre season game 3.

  26. crownofthehelmet says: Jul 27, 2014 7:21 AM

    Another one and done and the Bengals will slide into obscurity in Cincinnati.

  27. clashpoint says: Jul 27, 2014 8:00 AM

    This guy almost never loses yards and almost never fumbles. You’ll get no nonsense, downhill hard nose running from him on every single carry. Good in the locker room, good with the coaching staff, a consummate pro. He’ll find a job somewhere if cut, but don’t make the mistake of thinking the Bengals coaching staff doesn’t appreciate what he brings to the field come game day.

  28. 6ball says: Jul 27, 2014 8:17 AM

    .
    More and more teams are adopting a RB by committee approach. Green Ellis is a valuable 4th quarter player who doesn’t fumble or take negative yardage.
    .

  29. theageofquarrel says: Jul 27, 2014 8:54 AM

    The Bungles have been obscure since their inception.

  30. ubepunkedagain says: Jul 27, 2014 9:25 AM

    Green Ellis isn’t an every down back anymore and has always been average at best but a good teammate. I hope he goes somewhere where he has a real chance at winning instead of being stuck in that hole in Cintucky.
    The Bengals are a joke. That stink emulating from Cincinnati is from a mediocre Marvin Lewis led team that consistently sucks or chokes. I fully expect them to take their rightful place in the cellar. Not that anyone will notice with their three man fan base.

  31. bonniebengal says: Jul 27, 2014 10:08 AM

    BJGE is a great team player. I hope he does find a good fit if he indeed gets cut. I guess a trade is possible for a late round pick, perhaps.

  32. officialgame says: Jul 27, 2014 10:10 AM

    If all else fails he should change his name to Ellis Green.

  33. coachbeck says: Jul 27, 2014 10:11 AM

    Wow haters are out in mid season form.

    Guess this means they have lots of people worried lol

  34. meshnuts says: Jul 27, 2014 11:25 AM

    BJGE did what we needed him to do the last couple of years and that was to replace a worthless Benson at RB and get a YARD for 1st downs when needed. There is a reason the Bengals went 2nd round RB last 2 years!

  35. slaugin says: Jul 27, 2014 1:11 PM

    Just because he’s not a good Fantasy Football player doesn’t mean he’s not a valuable back on real life. The guy always falls forward and doesn’t dance at the line.

  36. davidschap says: Jul 27, 2014 3:36 PM

    I would certainly take him back in New England.

  37. uga86 says: Jul 27, 2014 4:22 PM

    Jacksonville needs a back-up to Toby. Whoa. That just sounds weird.

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