Junior Report: Cedric Benson Re-signs with Cincinnati

Mar 3, 2009

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J.D., a young Bleacher Report writer and creator of The Sports Report with J.D., contacted me to see if I wanted to post some of his articles on the site.  Always looking to encourage an aspiring writer, I agreed.   J.D. discusses the Cedric Benson signing.

According to ESPN Mobile, the Bengals have re-signed running back Cedric Benson to a two-year deal worth $7 million. Benson and Chris Perry look to make a two-back system with the Bengals.

Bengals had a career year last year when rushed for 747 yards and two touchdowns. Cedric is proving to be the franchise back for the Bengals. He fits better with them than with Chicago.

Benson has 2,340 career rushing yards so far and 12 touchdowns. He is 26 and has a lot left in the tank. He needs to improve, as he is rushing around three yards per carry every year!

Good luck, Cedric. I wish you good luck with the Bengals

Lester’s Take
This is a good signing for Cincinnati.  The free agent RB pool is pretty shallow this year, and their investment is minimal.  Benson was a workhorse for the Bengals down the stretch with 84 carries for 355 yards and a TD in his last three games (all Wins).  He added 107 yards through the air.  Given the alternatives, Benson deserves a chance to retain the starting job.  Besides, as I said, there aren’t many starting RBs in the free agent pool.  The Bengals could have drafted a Running Back, but you know their track record.  Ki-Jana Carter anyone?  Chris Perry anyone?  Kenny Irons anyone?  This is one of those moves that just made sense.

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