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Profootballtalk.com suggests a trade market could emerge for BenJarvus Green-Ellis.

We're skeptical because Green-Ellis is a 29-year-old two-down running back with a $2.3 million base salary, but perhaps the Bengals would try to trade him before cutting him. The 49ers, Colts, and Panthers have all already lost tailbacks to year-ending injuries, while Seattle is shorthanded due to Marshawn Lynch's holdout. Green-Ellis shouldn't cost more than a seventh-round pick.

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The Cincinnati Enquirer believes BenJarvus Green-Ellis will battle Rex Burkhead for one roster spot.

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Bengals.com's Geoff Hobson agrees that BenJarvus Green-Ellis' roster spot is in danger.

Jeremy Hill was promoted into the No. 2 back role on his first day of practice. Hobson suspects Cincy will keep no more than four backs, so Green-Ellis would have to beat out Cedric Peerman and/or Rex Burkhead, who both have more special teams value than BJGE, and cost much less. Hobson ultimately expects the Bengals to hang onto Burkhead because he's five years younger than BJGE.

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ESPN Bengals reporter Coley Harvey guesses BenJarvus Green-Ellis will be cut before the season begins.

Green-Ellis had a underwhelming 2013 campaign and looks to be surplus to requirements with rookie RB Jeremy Hill already running with the second-team offense in OTAs. Green-Ellis could be kept on as veteran insurance, but his roster spot will be hard to justify with $2.5 million in potential salary cap savings on the line. If cut, Green-Ellis would not struggle to find a new home. He still has something to offer as a steady, veteran back.

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BenJarvus Green-Ellis was demoted to the third-team offense as the Bengals opened OTAs on Tuesday.

Giovani Bernard handled first-team reps, and rookie Jeremy Hill was second through the running back line. ESPN's Adam Schefter recently indicated the Bengals are likely to retain Green-Ellis for 2014, but doing so may be hard to justify with $2.5 million in potential salary cap savings on the line. If Hill runs away with the "big back" job, look for Law Firm to get his walking papers.

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ESPN's Adam Schefter indicated on NFL Insiders the Bengals are likely to keep BenJarvus Green-Ellis for 2014.

The Bengals could save $2.5 million in cap space by cutting the "Law Firm," but Schefter says they're more likely to keep him as a "mentor" to rookie Jeremy Hill, who had off-field issues at LSU. "There's no reason for the Bengals to get rid of BenJarvus Green-Ellis," Schefter stated. Green-Ellis is also a known favorite of owner Mike Brown. If Green-Ellis sticks around, it would obviously impede Hill's rookie-year fantasy outlook.

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The Bengals can create $2.5 million in cap savings by releasing BenJarvus Green-Ellis.

Bengals OC Hue Jackson has been adamant that the selection of second-round pick Jeremy Hill has no bearing on Green-Ellis' roster status, but Cincinnati could avoid paying his remaining $500,000 in bonus money by cutting him before June 1. Green-Ellis averaged just 3.4 yards per carry last season and is highly unlikely to beat out Hill for the big back job behind Giovani Bernard. The Bengals have financial incentive to dump Green-Ellis' contract sooner rather than later.

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BenJarvus Green-Ellis is expected to compete with second-round rookie Jeremy Hill for the big back job.

Green-Ellis sustained a shred of fantasy value last season because he scored seven touchdowns, but the Bengals knew they needed an upgrade on his 3.43 YPC. Enter Hill, a 6'1/233 straight-line power back that can bowl over linebackers. Green-Ellis, owed $2.5 million in total compensation this season, may not even make the final roster once Hill runs circles around him.

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BenJarvus Green-Ellis rushed eight times for 42 yards in the Bengals' Wild Card loss to the Chargers.

As is typically the case, Green-Ellis was a rushing factor early until the Bengals fell behind, when more skilled and versatile Giovani Bernard took over as Cincy's primary back with the team attempting to erase a deficit. Green-Ellis is owed $2.5 million in 2014 salary and bonuses. We understand the Bengals' coaching staff has an affinity for Law Firm's reliability, but there is no way he's worth that much money. Don't be surprised if the sides part ways this offseason.

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BenJarvus Green-Ellis rushed for 66 yards on 11 carries in the Bengals' Week 17 win over Baltimore.