Bengals just spent another second round pick on a RB (Jeremy Hill) after spending one on Giovanni Bernard last year. Adding his salary it might have put our old friend BenJarvus Green-Ellis on the chopping block.
We all know what BenJarvus Green-Ellis is. A solid yet unspectacular short yardage RB. Knowing what you are getting sometimes makes your life boring (you'd be upset if your parents "spoil" what you are getting well before Christmas Eve) but it also brings sense of security.
After LeGerette Blount's departure, we can certainly use the Law Firm's limited yet solid skillset if the price is right.
Here are pros for bringing him back
1) He knows the system
2) He is a high character guy. Great mentor for rooks (White, Finch and Houston). Our last "divorce" was definitely on the friendly terms.
3) He would be cheap (if not there's no point of signing him). Even Houston out competes him then we hardly lose anything.
4) He is the best when it comes down to getting tough 1~2 yards. We don’t exactly have the short-yardage back unless Houston (UDFA) grows quick or Ridley fixes occasional DDR-ing and off course fumblitis.
In other words, he would not be guaranteed a roster spot. If younger guys show better value then he's as good as gone (just like Pat Chung). But if they do not, BJGE should be a nice insurance / complimentary piece in a rotation.
What do you think?
Bonus: What Bengals Blog are saying
Bonus2: While most Bengals fans and their beat writer are expecting Bengals to cut tie with BJGE, our own Mike Reiss says the otherwise.
9. The Bengals selected LSU running back Jeremy Hill in the second round of the draft, one year after picking running back Giovani Bernard in the second round. So what does that mean for BenJarvus Green-Ellis? The former Patriot enters the final year of a three-year, $9 million contract he signed with the Bengals in 2012, and is due to earn a base salary of $2.3 million this year. While on the surface it looks like Green-Ellis might be in jeopardy of making the roster, or at the least could be in line for a pay cut, I could make a strong case for the Bengals staying the course with him. Green-Ellis, one of the true pros to come through New England, is the type of mentor Hill needs. Hill ran into some trouble off the field at LSU.