The Patriots least famed position over the past decade has certainly been the running back position. With Kevin Faulk set for retirement, the only other question mark in the backfield goes to Benjarvus Green-Ellis. Green-Ellis has proven himself to be a consistent runner for the Pats and I expect him to re-sign here in the New England. I think Benjarvus knows his value is at its peak here in New England because of the mixture of players they throw out there every Sunday. The Pats also have Woodhead, Ridley, and Vereen under contract going into next season and seeing as the latter two were both 2011 draft picks I don’t expect this to be a position the Patriots address on draft day. There’s a slight possibility the Pats could try to pick up a veteran back but I also don’t see that happening if they keep Green-Ellis. If for some reason they let Green-Ellis walk, then you can expect the Pats to take a look at some of these options…
Peyton Hillis – Hard Runner, coming off a very tough season. Could be a low-risk high reward signing.
Cedric Benson – This is definitely a stretch for the Pats, but at the same time I don’t expect him to be in Cincy next year.
Ryan Grant – Not really an every down back anymore but can certainly take over Green-Ellis’ roll at a similar price.
Pats will not sign a single one of those backs
I agree. I see them keeping Green-Ellis I was mentioning them as potential replacements if they dont re-sign Green-Ellis or don’t trust Ridley or Vereen.
I would like to see what Ridley could do if he got about 10-15 carries a game. Still probably could use Green-Ellis as short yardage back though.