NFL Free Agency: Michael Bush, BenJarvus Green-Ellis Set to Visit Bengals

Matt GrayContributor IMarch 14, 2012

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 18:  Michael Bush #29 of the Oakland Raiders in action against the Detroit Lions at Coliseum on December 18, 2011 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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After a fairly slow start, the Cincinnati Bengals seem to have got the ball rolling this Wednesday with some bigger names being scheduled for visits in the coming days.

As expected, it is being reported that former Oakland Raider Michael Bush will pay a visit to The Queen City, as per ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Bush has been touted as one of the top running backs on the market. Therefore, with Cedric Benson all but out of the door in Cincinnati, he could be in stripes before the end of the week. Bush is looking for a starting role after languishing behind Darren McFadden in a No. 2 spot that did not do his abilities justice.

When McFadden went down injured in 2011, Bush stepped into the starting role and did so in an emphatic manner. The highlight of his impressive 2011 campaign was a 157-yard rushing and 85-yard receiving game against the San Diego Chargers in Week 11. Bush is not simply a bruising downhill runner, but is also adept in his ability to be a factor in the passing game.

He has continuously been cited in discussions regarding the future of the Bengals running game, and these reports bring that speculation a little bit closer to reality. Add the fact that Hue Jackson now holds a position on the Bengals sideline, and it starts to sound like a dead cert.

Schefter has also reported that RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis, formerly of the New England Patriots, will also make his way down to Cincinnati in the coming days.

Green-Ellis is perhaps not as complete as Bush as a runner, and would likely not suffice as an every-down kind of guy. However, he could thrive if Jay Gruden decides to go with a group of three backs.

With offseason smokescreens in full effect, you have to wonder to what extent Green-Ellis' presence is intended to get Michael Bush to make a deal early, especially if the Bengals offer big bucks. 

Scheduled Visits:

Michael Bush (RB)

BenJarvus Green Ellis (RB)

Terrence Newman (CB)

Aaron Ross (CB)

Kendall Langford (DE)

Kellen Davis (TE)

Jacob Bell (OG)