AP source: Bengals reach deal with Green-Ellis

By Joe Kay/The Associated Press

CINCINNATI — A person familiar with the negotiations says former Patriots running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis has agreed to a deal with the Cincinnati Bengals, who need someone to replace Cedric Benson.

Green-Ellis, a former standout at Ole Miss, spent four seasons with New England, carrying 181 times for 667 yards in 2011 with 11 touchdowns. Various reports had him agreeing to a three-year deal.

The Bengals are expected to announce the signing on Thursday after final details are completed, said the source speaking on condition of anonymity because the club hadn’t confirmed it.

Cincinnati decided not to re-sign Benson, a free agent who disliked his role in the Bengals’ new West Coast offense last season. Benson was the Bengals’ leading rusher each of the last four seasons. They also have running backs Bernard Scott and Brian Leonard.