Packers sign RB Benson

Posted Aug. 12, 2012 @ 5:04 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Updated 5:05 p.m. ET, Sunday, Aug. 12

Veteran RB Cedric Benson has found a home.

The Packers confirmed Sunday that they have signed Benson. Reports are that the deal is for one year. The team placed undrafted free-agent TE Eric Lair on injured reserve to create a roster spot for Benson.

Benson, who is entering his eighth NFL season, was PFW’s highest-ranked free agent still available. Last season, Benson had 273 carries for 1,067 yards and six touchdowns. He added 15 catches for 82 yards.

Benson has rushed for more than 1,000 yards in three consecutive seasons. He has 31 career touchdowns. Benson joins James Starks, Alex Green, Brandon Saine and FB John Kuhn in Green Bay’s backfield.

The way we see it

One would think the uneven play of the Packers' running backs in the team's preseason-opening loss to the Chargers sealed the deal for Benson. Starks was particularly shaky in the loss in San Diego, dropping a pass and losing a fumble.

With the injury-plagued Starks also apparently coming up with a case of turf toe, it's likely Benson will enter the fray sooner than later and compete for touches along with Green, who is being brought back very cautiously from a torn ACL suffered in Week Seven last season, and Saine.