Posted August 10, 2012

Report: Packers to sign Cedric Benson


Chris Mortenson of ESPN tweeted early Friday evening that free agent running back Cedric Benson is in Green Bay and is expected to sign with the Packers.

Benson, a former first-round pick of the Chicago Bears, resurrected his career with the Cincinnati Bengals over the last four seasons, totaling more than 4,100 yards rushing and starting 44 of the 46 games he played. The lack of interest in Benson, only 29, during the off-season was curious.

There is a wide range of opinion on the Packers’ making this move.

From former NFL executive Andrew Brandt:

From Michael Fabiano of

Here’s a lengthy analysis from Kevin Seifert of The key point: “You don’t go through the trouble of signing Cedric Benson just for a look-see. You bring him in because you think you need him.”

James Starks can commence looking over his shoulder.


The idea that Benson was unsigned is ludicrous. A durable veteran RB averaging 1000 over the last 4 years would be a valuable  contribution to any franchise.


 @help4mac1 He wasn't unsigned because of his on field performance, but rather his off-the-field troubles.