2012 NFL Free Agency: RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis To Visit Bengals

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 05: Runningback BenJarvus Green-Ellis #42 of the New England Patriots runs the ball against Kenny Phillips #21 and Michael Boley #59 of the New York Giants in the third quarter during Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 5, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

According to Yahoo! Sports' Jason Cole, New England Patriots free agent running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis is going to be visiting the Cincinnati Bengals.

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Green-Ellis has been used heavily in a large rotation of running backs for the Patriots, but if one had to pick the team's go-to running back, it would be him. He's coming off a season in which he ran for 667 yards and had 11 touchdowns. In 2010, he had his only 1,000-yard season with 1,008 yards and 13 touchdowns. He's likely looking to find a place where he is the feature back.

The Bengals are in need of a new running back due to the fact that the team and Cedric Benson are parting ways in free agency. The Bengals are expected to draft a running back, but having a veteran on the team will help as well. Green-Ellis, a 216-pound back, has never fumbled in his career and would be a good addition to the Bengals if they were to sign him.

Green-Ellis is not an elite running back and he doesn't have top-end speed, but he is able to come up with big chunks of yardage with his quickness, patience and power when running between the tackles. He is the first running back in free agency that the Bengals are reportedly bringing into town for a visit, despite all the rumors of the team's interest in Michael Bush before free agency opened.

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