The Cincinnati Bengals drafted Giovanni Bernard last year and took LSU running back Jeremy Hill this year which seems to suggest that BenJarvus Green-Ellis’ time with the Bengals is limited. While offensive coordinator Hue Jackson has said that the drafting of Hill doesn’t mean Green-Ellis on on thin ice, but Bengals beat writer Coley Harvey suggests otherwise.
If he’s cut before June 1, the Bengals would have a cap savings of $2.5 million. If he’s cut after, the Bengals could end up moving his remaining bonus money ($500,000) into their dead-money pool. In the short term, it’s more advantageous for them financially to dump his contract sooner rather than later.
It’s far from a certainty that Green-Ellis will be cut before June, but Harvey seems to think it’s going to happen if the Bengals are even considering it. There’s not a whole lot to be gained by cutting Green-Ellis after waiting forever to do it, so if his days are indeed numbered then we may see him hit the free agent marker before the end of the month.
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