2012 NFL Free Agency: Bengals Sign BenJarvus Green-Ellis To 3-Year Deal, According To Adam Schefter

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 ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, the Bengals have officially locked up free agent running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis on a three-year deal.

RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis reached agreement on a three-year deal with the Bengals. 6 minutes ago via UberSocial for BlackBerry · Reply · Retweet · Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Green-Ellis has been the feature back for the New England Patriots for most of the last four years. The Patriots, however, used Green-Ellis, known as The Law Firm, in a heavy rotation featuring other running backs, including Danny Woodhead, and he was likely looking for a place where he can have a bigger share of the carries.

The Bengals, who run a West Coast offense, will give Green-Ellis a chance to carry the load. The other running back on the team, Bernard Scott, has never shown that he can carry the load as the team's feature back, and unless the Bengals draft a running back with one of their first three picks, it's likely that Green-Ellis will have a lot of work in 2012.

In his four years, Green-Ellis has carried the ball 510 times for 2,064 yards for a 4.0 yards per carry average. He has scored 29 touchdowns, including 24 in the last two seasons, and he hasn't fumbled the ball once. He was considered to be one of two backs that the Bengals seemed interested in, the other was Michael Bush, and regardless of how you feel about Green-Ellis and Bush and who the Bengals should have signed, the Bengals are a better team right now than they were before they signed Green-Ellis.

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