Honorable Mention: BenJarvus Green-Ellis
“The Law Firm” was quite the find for Bill Belichick and company, who raised him from obscurity to being the team’s dependable running back for several seasons. But pay Green-Ellis when he hit free agency? No, no — that’s not The Patriot Way. Green-Ellis signed with Cincinnati, and his track record with the Patriots — 4.0 yards per carry over four years, a 1,008-yard rushing season and zero fumbles — was quickly replaced.