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Bengals release BenJarvus Green-Ellis

BenJarvus Green-Ellis AP

The Law Firm will no longer practice in Cincinnati.

The Bengals announced Friday that they have released veteran running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis. The move has been discussed for some time with speculation growing by leaps and bounds when the team selected Jeremy Hill in May’s draft.

Hill was a workhorse on Thursday night while Green-Ellis sat out much of the preseason with a hip injury that probably sealed his fate in Cincinnati. Green-Ellis spent the last two seasons with the Bengals, running 498 times for 1,850 yards and 13 touchdowns, but the arrivals of Hill and Gio Bernard over the last two seasons made him expendable.

Green-Ellis doesn’t offer much in the passing game, but a team looking for a short yardage banger could probably do worse if Green-Ellis is healthy enough to get back to work. Given his status as a vested veteran, Green-Ellis may have to wait until the second week of the regular season to find new work if teams want to avoid guaranteeing his contract for the entire season.

The Bengals also announced that they have parted ways with linebacker Brandon Joiner, defensive tackle Lakendrick Ross and quarterback Tyler Wilson.

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42 Responses to “Bengals release BenJarvus Green-Ellis”
  1. mn1bjb says: Aug 29, 2014 3:30 PM

    He’ll be back with the Pats to replace the Ridley, the fumble machine.

  2. Patskrieg dot com says: Aug 29, 2014 3:30 PM

    Somebody is getting a gift with BJGE on the market right now. Hard working RB that can benefit any roster.

  3. baddegg says: Aug 29, 2014 3:34 PM

    Huge fantasy bump to Bernard…

  4. rdumont55 says: Aug 29, 2014 3:35 PM

    I predict that right back to NE he goes and Brandon Bolden gets cut.

  5. dudermcrbohan says: Aug 29, 2014 3:35 PM

    surprised he lasted as long as he did to be honest. He’s serviceable, but I’d never call him good. Only reason he stuck around as long as he did was cause he never fumbled. now he has 4 in the last two seasons. smell ya later.

  6. shoesfinest says: Aug 29, 2014 3:36 PM

    Class act steady player. Just not very explosive

  7. keem513 says: Aug 29, 2014 3:40 PM

    He will get a job somewhere

  8. 1973to1991packerssuckedbigtime says: Aug 29, 2014 3:41 PM

    He could go to Green Bay when Lacey gets hurt again. Their RBs usually have one good year then it is down hill from there.

  9. pem34 says: Aug 29, 2014 3:44 PM

    To (mis-)quote someone, “If you need 2 yards, he’ll get 3; if you need 10 yards,he’ll get you 3″.

    Bound to happen, however, LAWFIRM is a top 5 nickname all time (given his actual name).

  10. kcflake says: Aug 29, 2014 3:46 PM

    Dang. Kind of a surprise. He will probably land with seattle.

  11. pskotte says: Aug 29, 2014 3:51 PM

    Classy guy and a leader. We’ll miss you, Benny.

  12. dirtyferret says: Aug 29, 2014 3:53 PM

    “Coach, if you need one yard, I’ll get you three yards. If you need five yards, I’ll get you three yards.” – Leroy Hoard (I believe Kevin Mack of the Brown’s said something similar to a reporter, as well as many others)

    Benjarvis is a class act but his talent was not fumbling in NE and getting three yards. He fumbled a lot in Cincy so him going to NE would be pointless. Ridley is far more explosive and fumbles just as much.

  13. bengalskuta82 says: Aug 29, 2014 3:53 PM

    Thanks Benny for your services. Best of luck. What a true Pro!

  14. realskipbayless says: Aug 29, 2014 3:54 PM

    I liked the law firm in cincy but he just wasn’t getting it done. He’s a very hardworking back that should make another roster and doesn’t fumble much.

  15. buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Aug 29, 2014 3:54 PM

    Should cut Dalton too.

  16. theroc5156 says: Aug 29, 2014 3:59 PM

    Class act. If the Bengals had a decent interior offensive line, he would have had better numbers but it was time to go. I hope he catches on somewhere else.

  17. mzitt18 says: Aug 29, 2014 4:00 PM

    Strong runner, stronger character. Some team is getting a heck of a pro as a result, but it had to happen.

    Hill is younger and better, plain and simple.

  18. gylven says: Aug 29, 2014 4:04 PM

    9 games suspension for aldon smith AHAHAHAHAHAHA

  19. youpeopleareallthesame says: Aug 29, 2014 4:05 PM

    buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Aug 29, 2014 3:54 PM

    Should cut Dalton too.
    —————————————————-

    Tired of seeing him torch your Jets?

  20. titusyoungslegalcounsel says: Aug 29, 2014 4:10 PM

    Doesn’t take much to torch the Jets

    -Butt Fumble

  21. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Aug 29, 2014 4:16 PM

    I would have lost money on that one.

  22. crownofthehelmet says: Aug 29, 2014 4:17 PM

    I am so glad my team has a solid, stable group of RB’s, lead by the best in the business.

  23. pedmeg says: Aug 29, 2014 4:35 PM

    Best of luck to BJGE – class act when he was in New England… The axis of age (for a RB) and turnover in the NFL comes up quick.

    Think he could contribute still somewhere as a RB2 or RB3.

  24. dabears2485 says: Aug 29, 2014 4:46 PM

    49ers could do worse than bring him in for depth. Or the Dolphins. He’d be a short yardage compliment to Ellington in Arizona. He’ll find a home.

  25. t8ertot says: Aug 29, 2014 4:51 PM

    “Huge fantasy bump to Bernard…”

    Not really. He’ll still be splitting reps with Hill. But he should get the majority of them

  26. buckybadger says: Aug 29, 2014 5:14 PM

    Loving that Jeremy Hill is on all my fantasy teams.

  27. buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Aug 29, 2014 5:15 PM

    youpeopleareallthesame says:
    Aug 29, 2014 4:05 PM
    buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Aug 29, 2014 3:54 PM

    Should cut Dalton too.
    —————————————————-

    Tired of seeing him torch your Jets?
    ————–

    Pre-season is meaningless. JETS win when it matters. 2 AFCCG since 2009. What’s your team been doing? LOL

  28. binarymath says: Aug 29, 2014 5:20 PM

    Gotta confess.

    I am spending FAR more time looking at the creative poster names than looking at the player names on the waiver wire.

    Hey, I wonder if “waiverwire” is taken…

  29. jrbdmb says: Aug 29, 2014 5:32 PM

    “JETS win when it matters”

    HA HA. Coughed up my coffee reading that. Thanks for the laugh.

  30. bonniebengal says: Aug 29, 2014 5:36 PM

    Best of luck to him. I’m sure he will catch on somewhere.

  31. largent80100 says: Aug 29, 2014 5:48 PM

    Will be picked by someone.

    Better suited as a 3rd down back given his age and lack of speed, but it is a hardworking guy, I bet there will be multiple interest.

  32. Ridley Me This says: Aug 29, 2014 5:49 PM

    If the jets won when it matters you’d be bragging about their two superbowl wins, not 2 afccg loses 5 years ago with a team Mangini built and Snackattack destroyed.

  33. footballfan72 says: Aug 29, 2014 6:02 PM

    He could get work as a paralegal at a law firm. His name fits perfectly

  34. samoanjungle says: Aug 29, 2014 6:07 PM

    Great guy, team-first, mentor and plays hard and tough.
    He is not shifty though so he needs an O-Line that can open some interior holes – the Bengals did not do that enough for him, thus the change at Center to Bodine, one of the strongest guys in the NFL and just a Rookie.
    I think he could increase that YPC with a team with some inside maulers.
    Good luck to him.

  35. buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Aug 29, 2014 6:11 PM

    “mangini built team” lolol, this guys delusional.

  36. buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Aug 29, 2014 6:12 PM

    Look at these envious JETS haters.

  37. j0esixpack says: Aug 29, 2014 6:47 PM

    Rumor has it Brady is upset he was cut

  38. fearthehoody says: Aug 29, 2014 7:10 PM

    Someone bragging about Jets 2 AFC championship loses since 2009!? Hahahahahahahahaha, that is so cute

  39. fearthehoody says: Aug 29, 2014 7:26 PM

    Cut Mayor McFumbles (Ridley) bring back the Law firm

  40. hurk71 says: Aug 30, 2014 2:28 AM

    I am so glad my team has a solid, stable group of RB’s, lead by the best in the business.

    Hahahahahahaha! That’s funny right there I don’t care who you are.

  41. rhymeswithpunt says: Aug 30, 2014 2:47 AM

    No matter what.. That dude was called the LAWFIRM. Can’t replace that.

  42. realmenwearstripes says: Sep 1, 2014 5:04 PM

    He’ll get you two yards when you only need one.

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