Report: Bengals re-sign RB Benson

Posted July 31, 2011 @ 5:38 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

A veteran has decided to stay in Cincinnati, and it's RB Cedric Benson.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Bengals and Benson agreed on a one-year deal.

The seventh-year veteran has rushed for over 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons. He started all 16 games in 2010 for the first time in his career, rushing for 1,111 yards and seven touchdowns.

Benson, 28, has also had his run-ins with the law, most recently an arrest for misdemeanor assault in July.

WR Chad Ochocinco was traded to the Patriots, QB Carson Palmer said he will retire if he is not traded and CB Johnathan Joseph went to the Texans. WR Terrell Owens is a free agent, but not expected to be signed until he gets healthy from a torn ACL suffered this offseason.

The team did sign former 49ers CB Nate Clements.

The way we see it

It was key for the Bengals, who have not had a great free-agency period, to keep Benson, who enters 2011 as the team's best offensive player. Bruce Gradkowski and Andy Dalton will compete for starting quarterback, while rookie A.J. Green appears to be the team's No. 1 receiver. Benson, though, could be subject to the league's personal-conduct policy for his arrest.