The Cincinnati Bengals went on a signing splurge late last week, adding a pair of former first round defensive ends (Derrick Harvey, Jamaal Anderson), re-signing defensive tackle Pat Sims, offensive tackle Anthony Collins and cornerback Adam Jones.
Cincinnati's biggest free agent addition last week may have been signing running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis, a former undrafted free agent out of Mississippi who has rushed for 2,064 yards with 19 touchdowns over the last three-plus seasons with the New England Patriots and is expected to replace Cedric Benson as the No. 1 running back.
According to a league source, Green-Ellis' three-year contract is worth $9 million and includes a $1.5 million signing bonus, a $1.5 million roster bonus on March 27, a base salary of $800,000 and a $200,000 workout bonus in 2012. In 2013 and 2014, Green-Ellis has $2.3 million base salaries with $200,000 workout bonuses.
Green-Ellis counts $3 million against the salary cap in all three years of the contract and can earn $350,000 in annual incentives ($1.05M total) tied to rushing yards and Pro Bowls.
Anderson also received a multi-year contract from the Bengals, one that did not include signing bonus. Instead, Anderson will receive a $500,000 roster bonus on April 1, another $500,000 roster bonus on August 1, a $200,000 workout bonus and a $1.6 million base salary for the 2012 season.
Next season, Anderson has a $2.5 million base salary and $200,000 workout bonus and can earn $250,000 in annual incentives tied to sacks.