Being unsigned so close to training camp seems to be taking its toll on Cedric Benson.
The veteran running back was on Sirius XM NFL Radio Tuesday with Adam Schein and Rich Gannon and things took a turn toward the emotional as he talked about not having a place to play in 2012. Benson got choked up and admitted to tearing up while talking about how much he wants to continue his career. When the hosts asked why he thought he was unsigned, Benson wasn’t able to come up with an answer.
“I have no idea. I’m at a loss for words,” Benson said.
He seemed to hit the nail on the head later in the interview, though. Benson strongly intimated that he wasn’t willing to sign a one-year contract for the veteran minimum because he feels his production warrants a bigger payday. A market system doesn’t work like that, though, and the market for Benson obviously isn’t strong enough for him to find a job with those specifications.
Benson said Tuesday that the Packers, Raiders and Jets have all checked in at different points this offseason and all three teams would appear to be a decent fit if Benson is willing to come in on their terms. With training camps opening up very soon, other terms probably aren’t worth thinking about.