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Packers Visiting With Cedric Benson

Cedric Benson

The Green Bay Packers will have free agent running back Cedric Benson in for a visit on Wednesday.

Does that mean they’re planning on re-signing Benson? We’ll see.

The team first needs to see if he’s recovered from the Lisfranc fracture that cost him the majority of the 2012 season. Benson suffered the injury in week four and didn’t play again. He’s reportedly almost fully recovered.

Benson had 248 yards and a touchdown for the Packers last season after being signed as a free agent late in training camp. He was the team’s only effective back until DuJuan Harris emerged late in the season.

Despite his effectiveness, Benson is 30 and probably doesn’t have a lot left in the tank. If the Packers signed him, it would be a short-term, veteran’s minimum kind of deal. Of course, no one has been banging down Benson’s door, so that would probably be just fine with him.

Another factor to keep in mind here is the draft. The Packers could be doing this as a smoke screen. If they were to sign Benson, that might suggest to other teams that they’re not interested in drafting a running back, when indeed they are. It could be a ploy, although we doubt anyone in Lambeau is that smart.

Monty McMahon

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. Abe Frohman April 24, 2013

    It’s draft week. This could mean absolutely nothing.

  2. Jon Mallaber April 24, 2013

    Hey Monty, I see you still haven’t commented on ESPN the Magazine’s article calling the Packers the best drafting team in the last 20 years. Are you not going to tell us that this is due to the genius of Mike Sherman? Are you going to tell us that ESPN lacks the credentials to make this kind of assertion? It sounds to me that the guys in GB’s front office are the smartest men in the room and your the Jerry Jones of this group. Stick to what you are good at, being funny.

  3. GrnMAchineCrushesQueens April 24, 2013

    Damn, Mallaber served Monty up somethin’ proper.. Serves him right for bein a sensationalist. ANYWÀY, who’s this Leon Sandcastle kid everyone’s been talkin’ about?!?!

  4. monty April 24, 2013

    haha. monty’s dumb.

  5. TyKoSteamboat April 24, 2013

    The “Smokescreen” would mean that the Packers aren’t interested in drafting a running back in the 1st 2 rounds. I think they will take an RB.

    I hope we get Kyle Long in the 1st round & then a capable RB for our offense. Someone like Jonathan Franklin from UCLA , Stepfan Taylor from Stanford or Kenjon Barner from Oregon.

  6. FITZCORE1252 April 24, 2013

    “Stick to what you are good at, being funny”

    Whoa, whoa, whoa… Settle down, let’s not get carried away here.

    Sandcastle looks legit fer sher. I’ve never seen a combine performance like that.

    Oh, Benson could be a decent get at the vet minimum. If he’s healed… He was starting to run well just before he was hurt. Might be a nice guy to have around just in case.

  7. Richard April 24, 2013

    Wait for the mid to later round RBs. Le’Veon Bell, Knile Davis, or Christine Michael. I don’t think these guys will draft a shorter RB early and definitely not a slow 40 guy like Taylor.

  8. Packer Bob April 25, 2013

    I’m fine with Benson and Harris going into the 2013 season. Assuming Benson is health and they both stay effective (and not fall of radar the like Starks). Draft another RB in the mid rounds and see what happens.