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Packers Will Reportedly Sign Cedric Benson

Cedric Benson

The Green Bay Packers running game was pretty dreadful Thursday night, but we really saw no reason to panic. Apparently, the Packers do — they will reportedly sign three-time 1,000-yard rusher Cedric Benson.

Although the deal isn’t done, several sources say it’s imminent. Benson, who played for Cincinnati last season, ran for 1,069 yards in 2011 and averaged 3.9 yards per carry. He ran for more than 1,100 yards in 2010 and more than 1,200 in 2009.

In the Packers preseason opener, starter James Starks looked like crap, which we assume prompted the move. Starks fumbled, dropped a pass and ran for only 16 yards on five carries.

So why is Benson still on the free agent market? Why is Ryan Grant still on the free agent market?

Benson is 29, so there’s the question of how much he has left. His rushing totals have decreased each of the past three seasons and he’s been a workhorse back.

Why didn’t the Packers just bring Grant back? You’d have to ask Ted Thompson that question. He’s the same age, knows the offense and has fewer carries during his career.

Signing Benson and not Grant seems totally contrary to how the Packers have traditionally done business. It will be interesting to see what he brings to the table.

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Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.



  1. peter August 11, 2012

    why sign him because he is a far superior back to grant… you upgrade when you can and I think Mark Taylor has potential to be a solid back

    1. TyKoSteamboat August 11, 2012

      Mark Taylor is good…but Marc Tyler is better…

  2. 8BitEra August 11, 2012

    From a run game perspective, Benson and Grant are probably interchangeable. Benson has a better health record and blows Grant away in pass protection. Easy to understand why they picked him up. They wanted him earlier, but Ced thought he could get more money than GB offered him.

  3. iltarion August 11, 2012

    Because Benson is a better back than Grant. Next question.

    Surprised by this move though. Benson is a DUI waiting to happen in the land of flowing beer.

  4. TyKoSteamboat August 11, 2012

    I hollered for this 2 months ago…Ryan ‘Fumbles’ Grant carries the football with one arm and dosen’t cover-up like they teach you to do in pee-wee football…

    Benson has a better first step, is faster, more durable & can carry the payload.

  5. therealChuckywasCecil August 11, 2012

    As someone who lives in Austin (Benson went to UT) and a die hard Packer fan I can only hope for the best and prepare for the worst. Yes, he is better than Grant on the field but off the he is an accident waiting to happen. He is of the Cincinnati tribe where his behavior is/was common, after being shown the door in Chicago. Again, on the filed I am optimistic, off the field is anybodies guess. Ted will either be a genius or will look as desperate as the Packers running game was in San Diego.

    1. 8BitEra August 11, 2012

      A fellow Packer fan in Austin? Who’d have thunk it? In the 6 years I’ve lived here, I’ve met a grand total of 5 Packers fans in Austin.

  6. Ken Bacudis August 11, 2012

    You don’t think that TT and coach Mc talked to him about that before they signed him?

    No guaranteed salary……It’s a solid move for a bruising back that has nowhere else to go, and, hopefully realizes this may well be his very last gig in the NFL.

    Get to work, Cedric……….

  7. Lynn fuckin' Dickey August 11, 2012

    Benson has his own ball control issues. That said, I am cautiously optimistic. Would be nice to have the ability to run the clock out for once.

  8. ThisGuy August 11, 2012

    Ken and Tyco took the collective words out of my mouth, he’s an experienced bruising back that has had 1000 yards the last 3 years and can block because he’s a big dude. Last 1000 yard rusher? Edgar Bennett?

    1. Adam August 12, 2012

      …. or Ahman Green, six times between 2000 and 2006…

  9. Phatgzus August 11, 2012

    ThisGuy, you’re being That guy; are you high on drain cleaner man? The last 1,000-yard rusher was Ahman Green, in 2006, not to mention Dorsey Levens rushed for over 1,000 twice after Bennett did it.

  10. Phatgzus August 11, 2012

    On the subject of Grant, he never fumbled that much (8 times in his career in the regular season), his problem is he did it in big games at particularly inopportune times (vs. Seattle and NYG), kind of like Jones but with fumbles instead of drops (and not quite as prolific).

    Regarding Benson, he is the leader (among RBs) in fumbles over the past 2 or 3 years (he had 7 2 years ago and 5 last year), yeah he touches the ball more than Grant ever did, still. I believe TT picked him up (if indeed they have reached an agreement) because 1) he is a very good pass blocker (only 1 sack in 74 passing plays last season), and 2) he adds depth, especially to the short yardage running game.

  11. Vijay August 11, 2012

    Signing Grant would be an even bigger blow to Ted Thompson’s already over inflated ego. The move makes some sense in that he’s a bruiser who, if healthy, can sustain drives during a playoff run and keep elite offenses off the field (time of possession). Also, the injuries to Bishop and House in Pre Season Week 1 make this an urgent need. I feel that Grant would’ve been the better signing here, but I felt Lynch would’ve been the better signing back in ’10 when Grant went down…but hey, I’m not gonna try and pretend to be smarter than good ‘ol Teddy.

    1. PackerBoB August 12, 2012

      “but hey, I’m not gonna try and pretend to be smarter than good ‘ol Teddy.”

      Please don’t, it would be an epic fail.

    2. iltarion August 12, 2012

      Oh, was Lynch a free agent in ’10? Wait, he wasn’t.

      If we had traded for Lynch, we would still be in this same boat. He would be gone to free agency, and we would be looking for another back. We never would have resigned him. This offense isn’t about to sink big bucks into a RB when it has at least 2 WRs and a TE to pay big bucks to.

      I guess you think you would be NFL Executive of the Year twice too. Let’s talk about ego.

  12. nurseratchett August 12, 2012

    I know fantasy fb has nothing to do with reality-its all about luck when you pick; however….

    When Grant got hurt in 2010, Benson was my back up in fantasy. Turned out to be a pretty good one-and-done fantasy season for me. (haven’t played before or since; kicked ass on the first try & never played again).

    Some people believe that there is no such thing as coincidence….


    1. TyKoSteamboat August 12, 2012

      Cool…thanks for enlightening us about your fantasy football team…wow

  13. PackerBoB August 12, 2012

    Benson was still on the market because he demanded a long term contract. It should be interesting to see what the Packers give him. But I think it’s a good move. With Grant they know exactly what they are getting, and it’s not much.

  14. DJ August 12, 2012

    I like it. I dont buy into the off field concerns that much either….the franchise culture in GB and Cincy are day & night…..MM is not Marvin Lewis. If they can get Wood to conform they can get Benson to fall in line too. This is a major get that gives us a workhorse RB who runs well in between the tackles & in short yardage. It also ugrades our redzone offense in a major way. Now we can still go 3 wide down there & have a guy who can break tackles w/decent speed instead of that God awful double tight Kuhn up the gut play that works 50% of the time. But…as somebody already said & I totally agree…we shouldve gotten Lynch two yrs ago. THAT was the best upgrade available and we retardedly passed.

    1. iltarion August 12, 2012

      We didn’t pass. Buffalo didn’t accept our offer. It takes two teams to trade.

      As above, we would still be in this situation even if we had…

    2. TyKo Steamboat August 12, 2012

      wrong…we won the SUPERBOWL that season!!! Hello?!?! Even i player not on that roster could have changed the whole space-time continuem…We would have had to trade A.J. Hawk and very well may not of won it all…
      Besides, with Bishop done for the year, we need Hawk.
      WTF, guy?

  15. Madcity Packer Fan August 12, 2012

    The Packer signed Benson.