2012 NFL Free Agency: Bengals Close To Signing RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis, According To Source

Comcast SportsNet New England's Mary Paoletti is reporting that the Bengals are close to signing New England Patriots free agent running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis, according to a source.

Source: BenJarvus Green-Ellis likely to be a Cincinnati Bengal quite soon. #nfl #patriots 17 minutes ago via Twitter for Android · Reply · Retweet · Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Green-Ellis is one of the two free agent backs brought into Cincinnati for a visit, according to sources, and like Michael Bush, the other free agent running back, he is likely looking for a larger role with a team. Green-Ellis was the Patriots' feature back in 2011 but he was in a heavy rotation with two other running backs and while he was used often in certain games, he was barely used in others.

Green-Ellis may be a little on the small side for the kind of running back the Bengals are looking for, but he proved himself as a tough runner who consistently gains yards and protects the ball. If he is signed, he likely wouldn't be the long-term answer for the Bengals, but he would provide a steady force in the backfield and bridge the gap between Cedric Benson and whoever runs the ball after the next couple seasons.

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