Bengals release BenJarvus Green-Ellis

The Cincinnati Bengals went ahead and parted ways with running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis on Friday.

Green-Ellis was announced with three other players that were released by the organization on Friday. He was with the Bengals the past two seasons.

“It’s very difficult to release such a fine player and person as BenJarvus,” Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said in a statement. “He has been an exceptional player and teammate, as well as mentor to our younger players. He has also been a standout person in the community. We thank Bennie for all he has done and wish him the best of luck in the future.”

In 2012, Green-Ellis ran for 1,094 yards and six touchdowns with Cincinnati. His rushing numbers dipped in 2013 to 756 yards and seven touchdowns. He spent his first four NFL seasons with the New England Patriots. He's totaled 3,914 yards and 42 touchdowns in his career.

The writing was on the wall for Green-Ellis when the Bengals drafted running back Jeremy Hill this past May. He and starter Giovani Bernard figure to work as a tandem this upcoming season.

In addition to Green-Ellis, the Bengals announced they waived linebacker Brandon Joiner, quarterback Tyler Wilson and defensive tackle LaKendrick Ross.

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