By: Ian Logue
After breaking out with a 1,008-yard season in 2010, runningback BenJarvus Green-Ellis has apparently done enough to prove he belongs in New England.
Green-Ellis’ value has certainly shot up after originally joining the team as an undrafted free agent. (PHOTO:Icon/SMI)
According to the Boston Herald, the Patriots have placed their first restricted free agent tag on Green-Ellis, with the newspaper reporting it’s a 2nd-round tender.
Green-Ellis has three accrued seasons, and the tender will reportedly pay him roughly $2 million.
Green-Ellis was originally signed as an undrafted free agent on May 1, 2008, before being later waived by the team on August 30, 2008, and later signing to the team’s practice squad on September 1, 2008. After a lot of hard work and determination he worked his way up to the active roster on October 11, and got his first start after Laurence Maroney was placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury.
Despite the tender, it’s unclear with the Collective Bargaining Agreement set to expire whether or not the move will hold up, and Green-Ellis reportedly won’t sign it until the labor situation is settled.
Restricted free agent tenders along with franchise tags are just two of many issues set to be fought over as the NFLPA and the owners try and work out an agreement, with the current CBA ending tonight at midnight.