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Packers sign Cedric Benson

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After months of looking for a new team, running back Cedric Benson has finally landed in Green Bay.

The Packers had been expected to sign Benson, and that signing became official today, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

James Starks is currently the No. 1 running back in Green Bay, but he suffered a turf toe injury on Thursday and will be sidelined for at least a week. The 29-year-old Benson will have a good chance of unseating Starks and becoming the Packers’ starter.

The Bears took Benson with the fourth overall pick in the 2005 NFL draft, and he was a major disappointment in Chicago, failing to become a consistent playmaker in the Bears’ offense and finding himself in regular trouble off the field. But after signing with the Bengals, Benson began to flourish. Benson has had three straight 1,000-yard season, including rushing for 1,067 yards and five touchdowns in Cincinnati last year.

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55 Responses to “Packers sign Cedric Benson”
  1. dramatic14life says: Aug 12, 2012 4:44 PM

    Green Bay bartenders beware…..face punches are a coming.

  2. cpo187 says: Aug 12, 2012 4:56 PM

    Someone just gained fantasy relevancy.

  3. wipackman1265 says: Aug 12, 2012 4:58 PM

    Hope he doesnt Cry at his presser

  4. nyyjetsknicks says: Aug 12, 2012 5:00 PM

    Shocked the Chargers didn’t sign him.

  5. bigjd says: Aug 12, 2012 5:01 PM

    Don’t know why it took so long for someone to sign him.

  6. theboysofdallas says: Aug 12, 2012 5:04 PM

    Great pickup

  7. illadelphiasphinest says: Aug 12, 2012 5:09 PM

    Bye bye starting job James Starks.

  8. noeffinway says: Aug 12, 2012 5:11 PM

    This signing will just fall in with the host of other desperation moves coming by the pack this season. I see a 1-4 start for them this year…..sorry cheeseheads, your team is on the downward cycle now.

  9. textexington says: Aug 12, 2012 5:12 PM

    Superbowl XLVII Champions!!!

  10. packerbackernj says: Aug 12, 2012 5:13 PM

    Lock it up, championship!

  11. egomaniac247 says: Aug 12, 2012 5:15 PM

    This is why fantasy drafts shouldn’t happen in July. :)

  12. mwindle1973 says: Aug 12, 2012 5:16 PM

    Yeah other than his bar fighting this guy is a hard worker. Also he tends to make a lot of public statements if he’s not happy with his role in the offense. Like last year, even though the Bengals are winning, he’s complaining because he’s sharing time. But in fairness he’s a type RB that really has to get 5-10 carries early to get in a roll, then he gets stronger and stronger the rest of the game while the D wears out. He’s a bruiser though, and he has decent speed too. But he’s an extremely physical RB. He’s not the greatest catching out of the backfield either. I really don’t get this signing. His exit in Cincy was due largely to the move to the west coast offense and how it changed his role. And now he ends up in a west coast offense. There are only so many snaps a game available for a between the tackle bruiser RB, that can’t run routes or pass protect well, in the west coast offense. We’ll see how it goes. Overall though it has to be good for both parties at this point. He has little other choice, and they needed a role filled. The question is can he be happy filling a roll, when he in Chicago & Cincy his big complaints were sharing time. When he was the featured RB in CIncy for 2 seasons, he was one of the best attitudes in the locker room.

  13. thevelvetglove says: Aug 12, 2012 5:21 PM

    Starks can’t stay healthy, plus he peaked in the playoofs the year they won the super bowl.

    Benson is no upgrade, he’s no guy to game plan for. Rodgers and his collection of recievers are the straws that stir the drink.

  14. funktron2x says: Aug 12, 2012 5:23 PM

    Meh. If you take all the packers carries last year and gave them all to Benson, he’d gain what they did as a team at his pedestrian 3.8 yards per carry. Flourish? Because he got enough carries to barely crack 1K? I don’t buy this as any kind of game-changer. He’s average.

  15. johnnyb216 says: Aug 12, 2012 5:26 PM

    Mane starks will finally start taking his job seriously.

  16. ripster65 says: Aug 12, 2012 5:27 PM

    He’ll be out after week one…

  17. raynman49 says: Aug 12, 2012 5:27 PM

    Much rather have Donald Grant.

  18. finley88thebeast says: Aug 12, 2012 5:29 PM

    So glad we signed Benson. And the fact that we pass the ball 75% of the time he won’t be asked to do too much…I just hope that he has career numbers against the bears…that would be hilarious…Go Packers

  19. stevenfbrackett says: Aug 12, 2012 5:34 PM

    What is going on with the Packers. They were always the team that passed in the ‘character issue’ guys? They seem to have forgotten that this year.

  20. universalchurchoftruth says: Aug 12, 2012 5:39 PM

    After letting Eric Walden play all last year is it any surprise Green Bay signed Cedric Benson when even Cincinnati no longer would?

  21. thetooloftools says: Aug 12, 2012 5:43 PM

    Now if he can only handle the off the field boredom.

  22. pacodawg says: Aug 12, 2012 5:44 PM

    If he is a good pick up how come he wasn’t in anyone camp? He stinks, he’s selfish, weak receiver and blocker.
    3rd tier back at best

  23. kuta82 says: Aug 12, 2012 5:48 PM

    Give the man the ball or he will and I promise u, He Will Cry!! Watch the postgame inview of the 2010 season_game 2 against the Browns..Bengals.com

  24. duluthvikesfan says: Aug 12, 2012 5:49 PM

    Green Bay is a perfect spot for him. RB was already a weak spot for them and this isn’t go to change that:-)

  25. suhdidntstompanyone says: Aug 12, 2012 5:53 PM

    For once you actually refrained from mentioning the fact that kickers make more money than second tier running backs but I’m sure this is only because the terms of his contract haven’t been revealed yet.
    I would be willing to bet $10,000 that you won’t be able to resist repeating that fact for the millionth time once this information becomes available.
    In other news:
    San Fran has 5 number one receivers.
    Tiki is flabbergasted.
    Drew Brees wants an explanation.

  26. cahootie says: Aug 12, 2012 5:54 PM

    Is it time to send out a search party for Ted Thompson and arrest his imposter?

  27. bbking0420 says: Aug 12, 2012 5:55 PM

    As a true Chicago Bears fan ,we hate the Green Bay Packers just as much as they hate us, but Cedric Benson is a good underrated running back even when we played with the Bears and the Bengals!!! I wish him the best in Green Bay, but they aren’t getting past the Chicago Bears!!! Go Bears!!! 2012-2013 NFC Champs!!!

  28. rickyspanish says: Aug 12, 2012 5:57 PM

    Good fit, the Packers aren’t dopes when it comes to personnel.

  29. imthedudedude says: Aug 12, 2012 5:59 PM

    Hahah noeffinway… There’s no Effin way the packers are on the downward now.. Are u hanging with Ricky Williams?? Keep it to moderation my friend.

  30. illiniftw says: Aug 12, 2012 6:03 PM

    And Bears fans already hated Benson….

  31. thetokyosandblaster says: Aug 12, 2012 6:10 PM

    Aww, someone is really scared.

    And rightfully so.

    “noeffinway” your team beats the packers.

  32. briang123 says: Aug 12, 2012 6:11 PM

    egomaniac247 says: Aug 12, 2012 5:15 PM

    This is why fantasy drafts shouldn’t happen in July. :)

    ______________________________________

    Anyone that does their fantasy draft before the preseason is over is a moron. Ours has been on 10:00 p.m. EST on Labor Day ever since the NFL stopped playing that weekend, and our time will never change.

  33. tone360 says: Aug 12, 2012 6:17 PM

    Oh man I needed this. Swinging on cops, producing drops. Does he have to register too?

  34. packersownerandshareholder says: Aug 12, 2012 6:19 PM

    I don’t think any Packers fan would say Benson is in his prime but he is a clear improvement over what we have now and should keep teams more honest.

    I’m looking forward to seeing Benson in a green and gold uniform running down hill at Lambeau Field. Another GREAT move by the Green Bay Packers. In Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy we trust. GO PACK GO.

  35. bigwinintx says: Aug 12, 2012 6:30 PM

    There’s a reason why nobody looked af this guy until now…

    He’s a headcase with a “Me first” attitude.

    Always has been and always will be.

    Good luck, Pack. You’re gonna need it with this clown.

  36. nflfollower says: Aug 12, 2012 6:36 PM

    A lot of tread on those tires, but he’s an upgrade from Ryan grant. His strengths don’t seem to fit with what the packers do mostly on offense however, he may fall into a short yardage type of niche, which he may or may not be happy with. But hey, its work for the guy, so he shouldn’t complain at this point

  37. sirfurproductions says: Aug 12, 2012 6:42 PM

    The reason we signed him is obvious…Benson is a bruiser. He will be able to milk the clock in the 4th quarter when defenses are tired… we haven’t had that in a long time.

  38. quizguy66 says: Aug 12, 2012 6:43 PM

    Every time an NFL player gets arrested, they have to show a picture from when he was with the Bengals…oh wait you mean he signed somewhere else? Never mind…

    -QG

  39. purpleguy says: Aug 12, 2012 7:58 PM

    This is a good signing, and he’ll help the Pack, but the cheesers chanting “superbowl” above should remember there’s a reason the guy was still a FA in mid-August — he’s already getting mailings from AARP.

  40. billh1947 says: Aug 12, 2012 8:01 PM

    Oh so many football minds posting that he is no upgrade to the Packers running game and he absolutely will fall on his face in GB and get in trouble,with two stern disciplinarians like Thompson and Mccarthy he will learn fast that his past off field trangressions will be forgiven but he best not screw up again or he will be on the street,again.this pickup cant do nothing but help the Packers dangerous passing game as well,hopefully Benson can make defenses finally repect the Packers running game and produce the two headed monster they have not had since Grant was tearing it up.

  41. thetokyosandblaster says: Aug 12, 2012 8:01 PM

    I look at this as an Andre Rison type signing. He will fit into green bay’s scheme as a bruiser, opening up for even more yards for Rodgers. This should be the most explosive offense in history, and anything less thank SB championship is a severe letdown.

  42. charlescub80 says: Aug 12, 2012 8:47 PM

    Excellent! Now Bears fans get a little payback.

  43. coastalbreeze says: Aug 12, 2012 8:48 PM

    sirfurproductions says:
    The reason we signed him is obvious…Benson is a bruiser. He will be able to milk the clock in the 4th quarter when defenses are tired… we haven’t had that in a long time.

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    Exactly… how many times did we run out the clock and kept our D off the field last year? Once? maybe twice? Grant couldn’t do it, but Benson can and has.

    Go Pack Go!

  44. kennyrogerschicken says: Aug 12, 2012 8:57 PM

    noeffinway says:
    Aug 12, 2012 5:11 PM
    This signing will just fall in with the host of other desperation moves coming by the pack this season. I see a 1-4 start for them this year…..sorry cheeseheads, your team is on the downward cycle now.

     ——————————-

    Your continued idiocy on this site never ceases to amaze. I’m surprised someone with your superior prognostication skills isn’t sitting on a panel of NFL reporters and former players/coaches giving preseason picks on who will win it all this year. It’s just too bad the general television watching public isn’t enjoying your knowledge of the NFL, as I’m sure all of us on this site do. Keep it up my friend, when I need a good laugh your posts never fail to deliver.

  45. lambeauandlombardi says: Aug 12, 2012 9:11 PM

    duluthvikesfan says:
    Aug 12, 2012 5:49 PM

    Green Bay is a perfect spot for him. RB was already a weak spot for them and this isn’t go to change that:-)
    ………………………………………………………………………….

    Better for one postion to be a weak spot than the whole team being one. Enjoy yet another season of futility.

  46. Gravy says: Aug 12, 2012 9:24 PM

    With James Campen screwing up the o-line Cedric better be prepared to make his own holes.

  47. samoanjungle says: Aug 12, 2012 9:37 PM

    As a Bengals fan I think this is a good move by the Packers.
    Benson didn’t get the greatest blocking in Cincinnati and the passing game wasn’t scary enough to draw guys out of the box yet he still got 1k yards.
    And he barely said squat about sharing carries. That was blown way out of proportion.
    Good luck Ced.

  48. cpbean818 says: Aug 12, 2012 10:44 PM

    Benson has always been and always will be a cancer in the locker room (Thomas Jones doesn’t punch out just anybody, just ask Jonathan Baldwin lol. It takes a serious attitude problem to work that guy up. In addition Benson can’t pass protect and can’t catch the ball out of the backfield. Does that sound like a perfect fit for a team that passes 75% of the time? If he’s such a great pick up for the Pack, why didn’t they sign him months ago…

  49. claymath52 says: Aug 12, 2012 11:24 PM

    That part of this that interests me is that the last time he played the Bears he went for 189 yards.

  50. thetokyosandblaster says: Aug 13, 2012 2:40 AM

    Can’t wait to see how Contra and StairwaytoSeven are going to spin this into a negative.

    Because their teams are completely screwed for years to come.

    Steelers won’t make the playoffs and the Vikings won’t win 4 games the next two years combined.

  51. dino2997 says: Aug 13, 2012 3:08 AM

    As a Bears fan I am very happy the Packers made this move. Benson was available well after the 1st preseason game for a reason.

  52. ripster65 says: Aug 13, 2012 3:28 AM

    He’ll be knocked out first reg season game.

  53. burrito12 says: Aug 13, 2012 6:27 AM

    “This signing will just fall in with the host of other desperation moves coming by the pack this season. I see a 1-4 start for them this year…..sorry cheeseheads, your team is on the downward cycle now.”

    Keep dreaming Bears/Vikings/Lions fan, The Packers won the Super Bowl and went 15-1 with no running game. As long as they have the best QB and WR corp in the league, the rest of you will be looking up at them in the conference.

  54. teal379 says: Aug 13, 2012 7:45 AM

    Everyone saying “he’a available for a reason, other teams passed on him for a reason” etc…..

    Not specifically to Benson but did it ever occur to you that those other teams aren’t that great and any personnel decisions by that team are immediately suspect? Either hiring or firing?

    “Oh Arizona passed on him! You guys are suckers” – compare AZ’s relative success over the last 20 years with GB’s.

    “He was in the Chiefs’ camp and they didn’t sign him – GB doesn’t know what they’re doing!”

    23 teams passed on Aaron Rodgers – were they “smarter” than GB? Look at the receivers GB has amassed into one of the very strongest in the league (as a group). GB’s done more with less than most anyone.

    I don’t know if Benson’s anything at all but until Green Bay strings together a decade of mediocrity like some of the teams that “passed on so and so” – I’ll continue to believe they know what they’re doing.

  55. contra74 says: Aug 13, 2012 11:11 AM

    thetokyosandblaster says:
    Aug 13, 2012 2:40 AM
    Can’t wait to see how Contra and StairwaytoSeven are going to spin this into a negative.

    Because their teams are completely screwed for years to come.

    Steelers won’t make the playoffs and the Vikings won’t win 4 games the next two years combined.
    —–
    Why do you care what two specific fans think when the other fan bases are thinking the same thing? Get over the little man syndrome!

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