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BenJarvus Green-Ellis Battling Rex Burkhead For A Roster Spot?

 

According to Paul Dehner Jr. of the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Bengals could have veteran RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Rex Burkhead competing for a roster spot in training camp.

Interestingly enough, Dehner Jr. projects Burkhead to win the job due to his youth and speed out of the backfield.

This isn’t the first time the idea of Green-Ellis possibly being on the chopping block has surfaced as Coley Harvey of ESPN.com previous mentioned that the Bengals could cut the veteran before the regular season is underway.

Green-Ellis, 28, is entering the final year of his three-year, $9 million contract and will make $2.3 million for the upcoming season. Last year, averaged just 3.4 yards-per-carry on 220 attempts and ran for 756 yards and seven touchdowns.

The addition of second-round pick Jeremy Hill gives Cincinnati a decent running back tandem that includes Giovani Bernard.

Should the Bengals decide to release Green-Ellis, they would gain $2.5 million in cap space, according to OverTheCap.com.