According to Adam Schefter, the Cincinnati Bengals have finally come to an agreement with Bengals running back Cedric Benson Sunday afternoon.
Filed to ESPN: Bengals reached agreement with running back Cedric Benson on a one-year deal.
Reports suggested earlier Sunday morning that contract negotiations between Benson and the Bengals have slowed, even forcing the team to invite New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw for a visit (post coming). The contract, as Schefter points out, is only for one season.
This doesn't conclude Cincinnati's need for a feature running back. With Benson's second assault charge looming, which could result in league discipline, the Bengals will need insurance or someone to cover while he's out. And it wouldn't be surprising if Benson becomes a backup to another running back that the team signs during free agency. Though while we're just speculating possible scenarios at this point, Benson didn't really dominate the running game last year as the team had hoped.
Benson won't be able to practice until August 4, when the new league year begins.
According to John Clayton, the contract is worth $3 million with $2 million in incentives that could give the running back upwards to $5 million for 2011.
The Cedric Benson deal could be worth one-year at $5 million. Included is $2 million in incentives.
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