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Benson Signs With Packers

Veteran free-agent running back Cedric Benson with the Cincinnati Bengals.
Veteran free-agent running back Cedric Benson with the Cincinnati Bengals.

GREEN BAY, WI (WHBL) - The Green Bay Packers signed free agent running back Cedric Benson to a one-year contract on Sunday, reportedly for the veterans’ minimum of 850-thousand dollars. The move was rumored all weekend, as Green Bay’s other rushers struggle with injuries. But according to the National Football Post, the Packers insisted they would not pay a bonus or any other guaranteed money to Benson – and they got their wish. It does not appear that Benson will be ready to play on Thursday night, when the Packers host Cleveland in an exhibition. Under the new collective bargaining agreement, he cannot practice in full pads until his third session – and the Packers will only practice twice more this week. Benson, a seven-year veteran, has averaged just under 300 carries a year in his last three seasons with Cincinnati without missing a game due to injury. He averaged almost four yards a carry in 2011. But Benson only had six carries of 20-or-more yards the past two seasons. He fumbled a dozen times, losing seven. And he’s been arrested four times during his pro career – twice for misdemeanor assault and twice for alcohol offenses. Benson spent five days in jail and was suspended for a game after his last offense a year ago when he punched an ex-teammate. The Bengals did not invite him to training camp this year.