The Cincinnati Bengals may lose their starting quarterback and top two receivers from last year, as Carson Palmer, Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens could all be on the way out. But their leading rusher sounds like a man who’d like to stay in town, even though he’s a free agent.
Cedric Benson said he sat down with new offensive coordinator Jay Gruden for 90 minutes and came away thinking the two of them can work well together.
“We had an interesting conversation about a lot of things,” Benson told Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer. “We have a lot of things in common as far as the way we see the game.”
Gruden agreed, saying he’s optimistic that the team can work out a new contract with Benson, whenever teams are able to sign players again. And he hinted that he’s already thinking about having a run-heavy offense with a young quarterback, if Palmer follows through on his promise not to play for the Bengals ever again.
“I would love to have him back,” Gruden said. “He’s the type of guy who wants to do well and that’s what we need. A physical back we can hand the ball to 20 to 25 times a game if we need to if we have the young quarterback.”
So there may actually be one offensive skill position player who wants to be in Cincinnati, and whom the Bengals want to keep.