I will never stop being amazed at the level of interest in the NFL. The season has been over for a couple of weeks but it doesn't feel as if the coverage of the NFL has changed. The 2012 NFL Combine is coming up next week and a couple weeks after that we'll be hitting free agency (March 13).
Take BenJarvus Green-Ellis as an example. He's a solid running back scheduled to hit free agency. The Chiefs could need a running back with Thomas Jones and Jackie Battle set for free agency. Thus, we're seeing a ton of talk about "The Law Firm" in KC.
Evan Silva of Pro Football Talk: "Green-Ellis knows Daboll's system. One of NFL's top short-yardage/goal-line backs. Could be power complement to
Josh Looney of KCChiefs.com: When Charles was lost for the year to an ACL injury, the Chiefs lacked an explosive runner who could log 20 carries week-in and week-out. Green-Ellis brings experience as both a role player and a feature back, which is something the Chiefs might find appealing.
Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston: As for a possible market for Green-Ellis, the Chiefs could be on the radar, as Josh Looney writes on KCChiefs.com today. In 2008, when the Patriots signed Green-Ellis as a rookie free agent out of Mississippi, it was one of the top coups for the Patriots' personnel staff that year. Scott Pioli, now Chiefs general manager, was in charge of the Patriots' personnel department at the time.
Jimmy Toscano of CSNNE.com: They've got Jamaal Charles and Dexter McCluster locked up for next season. Assuming Charles is healthy (he tore his ACL last season), he'll be their top back. But the Cheifs still need a power back like Green-Ellis to balance the ying-yang of the running back position.
William Del Pilar of Pro Football Weekly: BenJarvus Green-Ellis is a free agent, and right now, his best fit outside of New England would be the Chiefs because of his ties with the K.C. staff. The Chiefs' short-yardage specialist, Thomas Jones, was ineffective, and Green-Ellis would replace Jones and complement Jamaal Charles, who is coming off an ACL injury.
Matt Conner of SB Nation Kansas City: The Chiefs are likely to look for some running back help at some point, although most of that talk has come through mock drafts. Miami's Lamar Miller or Temple's Bernard Pierce are a couple of names appearing in the later rounds linked to the Chiefs. However, free agency offers a few possibilities, and the strongest is likely Patriots free agent BenJarvus Green-Ellis.
Bill Williamson of ESPN.com: 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. Green-EllisYes, David, I do. I could easily see The Law Firm practicing in Kansas City in 2012.
Rotoworld: The notion gained popularity hours after Rotoworld's Evan Silva tweeted that the fit made sense due to Green-Ellis' history with GM Scott Pioli, familiarity with Brian Daboll's offense, and the short-yardage prowess to complement to Jamaal Charles. The Chiefs have plenty of cap room, and both Jackie Battle and Thomas Jones are free agents.
KFFL: New England Patriots impending free-agent RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis would be a good fit for the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs will likely be looking for a running back to pair with RB Jamaal Charles (knee), who is coming back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Impending free-agent RB Thomas Jones likely won't be brought back and while RB Jackie Battle likely could have a future in Kansas City, an upgrade may be needed.