Alright so I'm 99% cure that captain's hat was added in photo shop but the same 1% of me that wants to believe hover boards are on the way (grow up Peter Pan, Count Chocula) also wants to believe that this was the actual mugshot from his boating incident while in Chicago. If it is this is top 5 mugshot material. Belongs in the Hall of Fame with Nick Nolte and James Brown.
But that's neither here nor there, the story for the Packers over the weekend outside of Desmond Bishop potentially being out for the year was the signing of Cedric Benson to shore up our backfield. Packer nation seems pretty split on this decision with the 'anti-Benson' crew citing the fact that he's 29 years old and has multiple off the field issues blah blah blah. Hmmmmm, I wonder if I can remember the last time the Packers signed a 29 year old veteran who appeared to be on the decline and had some off the field issues. Oh yeah! Charles Woodson! That worked out okay. He just became a perennial pro-bowler, won defensive player of the year and solidified his spot in Canton. No biggie. Now is Cedric Benson going to win defensive player of the year? Probably not. But people who think he's dunzo are flat out stupid. The age thing I guess holds some validity. 29 years old for a running back is getting up there. In fact running backs age like dogs. Seems like every year as an NFL running back is worth 5 of any other position because of the pounding they take. But that being said, the guy just came off of three straight 1,000 yard seasons. And he was in an offense with a rookie, albeit solid, quarterback in AJ Dalton. But that point is somewhat critical. Like the Bengals relied on the rush to open things up for the pass. The Packer's haven't relied on the rush since 1967. We have the MVP of the league slinging rock all over the field. We just need a guy who can carry it 15-18 times a game, grind out some yards and not fumble. Enter Benson.
Now the off the field stuff is always blown out of proportion. It's not like Benson belongs in Pelican Bay. He just made some stupid choices. Plus his biggest arrest was when he was partying drunk on a boat in Lake Travis at a self proclaimed 'Party Cove.' Being arrested for drinking on a boat at the Party Cove is like getting arrested for riding a roller coaster at Great America. And his other arrests happened while in Cinncinati. Drinking and assault I think. Which in Cincy probably put him on the short list for the Walter Payton award candidates. Plus I'm pretty sure when he was arrested earlier in his career he broke away from 3-4 cops while trying to escape. And while that's not 'technically' something tested at the NFL combine it says something about his ability to pile up YAC yards! So let's not treat this guy like he's Stephen Glansburg, seems like a solid add.