Green-Ellis visited Cincinnati this past weekend along with former Raiders running back Michael Bush, Though Bush was considered the front-runner, it was Green-Ellis who came away with a deal.
Green-Ellis was undrafted out of Mississippi when he signed with the Patriots in 2008. He made the team out of training camp and progressed from a situational back to the team's main back, supplanting Lawrence Maroney.
2010 was a breakout season for Green-Ellis when he topped 1000 yards. He has 24 touchdowns in the past two seasons.
He's not quite the pass catching threat that Bush is, but he represents an upgrade over the departed Cedric Benson. He's caught 21 passes the past two seasons.
What he's best known for is his ball security. Green-Ellis has not fumbled once during his entire NFL career. Considering Benson's issues in that department, he represents a major upgrade there.
He's not been an every down back, however, and probably won't be here either. Green-Ellis worked well in New England, partnering with Danny Woodhead and Kevin Faulk among others. The Bengals will still use Bernard Scott and Brian Leonard extensively. Green-Ellis is among the best in the NFL in short yardage and red zone performance, however, something that will hopefully spark the anemic Bengals in that department.
The move for Green-Ellis most likely eliminates running back from the list of positions to be addressed early in the draft, but the team still may seek a player in one of the later rounds of this talent-rich draft, especially with Bernard Scott and Brian Leonard entering the final year of their contracts.
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