BenJarvus Green-Ellis could be cut before season begins

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In his weekly mailbag, ESPN Bengals reporter Coley Harvey predicted running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis will be released before the start of the season.

Due $2.3 million in 2014, the final year of his contract, Green-Ellis would be the odd man out of a backfield that includes clear-cut starter Giovani Bernard and rookie Jeremy Hill, who’s supplanted BJGE in recent OTAs.

It’s worth cautioning that Harvey’s prediction was more of an educated guess; he conceded Green-Ellis’ standing with Cincinnati is “kind of a mystery.” ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported last month the team is likely to keep the veteran plodder.

Green-Ellis, who turns 29 in July, is coming off a disappointing 2013 campaign in which he rushed for just 756 yards on 220 attempts — a career-low 3.4 yards-per-carry.

With new coordinator Hue Jackson implementing an uptempo, smashmouth offense, there simply might not be room for Green-Ellis’ one-dimensional skill set.

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Zack Kelberman
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  • Rik Holets

    oakland could pick slow-ellis up, and start running the wishbone formation !!