Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Is Green-Ellis in the Chiefs' future?
By Bill Williamson
NFL Free agency starts four weeks from today. We will be discussing possibilities often leading up to it.
Recently, I received a mailbag question from David G. of Topeka, who asked if I think New England free-agent running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis would be a good fit in Kansas City.
Yes, David, I do. I could easily see The Law Firm practicing in Kansas City in 2012. The Chiefs will likely be looking for a running back to pair with Jamaal Charles, who is coming back from a torn ACL he suffered in Week 2. Veteran Thomas Jones likely won’t be brought back and while Jackie Battle likely could have a future in Kansas City, an upgrade may be needed.
A Charles-Green-Ellis pairing would work well in Kansas City. Green-Ellis, 5-11, 215 pounds, is a reliable, solid back. While Charles is a game breaker, Green-Ellis is the type who can wear down a defense and set up Charles. Green-Ellis, 26, had 667 yards on 181 carries and he scored 11 touchdowns. In 2010, Green-Ellis had 1,008 yards and 13 touchdowns.
I asked Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. if he thought Green-Ellis would be a good fit in Kansas City, and he was a fan of the notion.
“Yeah, I like that,” Williamson said. “He is far from spectacular and he has very little big-play flair, but BJGE is very reliable and tough. He’s a big-bodied running back to complement what Jamaal Charles brings to the table.”
Also, don’t discount the New England connection here. Kansas City general manager Scott Pioli was in New England when it signed Green-Ellis as an undrafted free agent. He played with Kansas City quarterback Matt Cassel in his rookie year in New England.
The Chiefs have $62 million in salary-cap room and will be able to do a lot of things. Giving Charles a solid backfield partner like Green-Ellis would be an affordable, smart move by Kansas City.