Now that the Cincinnati Bengals have decided Giovani Bernard is their running back of the future, BenJarvus Green-Ellis may be the odd man out. Last season Green-Ellis saw his drole dramatically shrink. He was effective in third and short situations but his yards per carry dropped to a dismal 3.4.
In May’s NFL Draft the Bengals selected LSU’s Jeremy Hill in the second round, making Green-Ellis even more redundant.
According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, the Bengals may cut him and save the salary, but first they might put him on the trading block:
“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.”
Florio mentions the 49ers in his article, who have lost two running backs in just the last couple of days. Kendall Hunter will miss the entire 2014 season with a torn ACL and LaMichael James is expected to be out 4-6 weeks with an arm injury.
Green-Ellis is 29 years old and hasn’t averaged four yards per rush since the 2010 season, but he could still be a solid backup for a team in need.
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