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NFL Free Agency 2012: Robert Kraft 'Sorry' Patriots Couldn't Keep BenJarvus Green-Ellis

BenJarvus Green-Ellis left the New England Patriots last week to sign with the Cincinnati Bengals in NFL Free Agency, but the sure-handed running back will not be forgotten any time soon by Patriots owner Robert Kraft.

Kraft had glowing words for Green-Ellis after his departure, according to Cincinnati Enquirer reporter Joe Reedy.

"BenJarvus, I'm so sorry that he left us. He was one of the finest players to come through our system. He never fumbled in four years. He's a gentleman, he's a hard worker. I'm just sorry they paid him more than we were going to pay him," Kraft said.

Green-Ellis rushed for 667 yards and 11 touchdowns for the Patriots during the 2011 season. One of the running back's top moments came when he scored a touchdown during the Patriots' AFC Divisional Round playoff win against the Baltimore Ravens, after which Green-Ellis paid tribute to Kraft's wife, Myra, who passed away from cancer in July.

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