Is it genuine interest or is it just a pre-draft smokescreen?
That’s the question to ponder about running back Cedric Benson visiting the Packers on Wednesday. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Benson is scheduled to go to Green Bay for a meeting with the Packers, the team he played five games with last season before a Lisfranc injury sent him to injured reserve.
Benson is reportedly getting close to 100 percent in his rehab from the foot injury so the timing of a visit to check in with his old team makes sense. There’s been plenty of speculation about the Packers taking a running back in the draft, particularly one who runs in the pounding style that Benson has favored over the course of his career. Signing him would eliminate that need and allow the Packers to focus on other areas.
While Benson’s style would work for a team “bound and determined” to get more physical, although you have to wonder if the Packers might prefer a younger model with more tread left on the tires than Benson has left at this point. That’s why it would also make sense to talk to Benson as a way to disguise an intention to take a running back early in the draft.
Green Bay’s true intentions can only be known when they opt for one route or the other, but keeping others guessing is probably a big part of the plan in the first place.