CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 24: Cedric Benson #32 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs during the game against the Arizona Cardinals at Paul Brown Stadium on December 24, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Oakland Raiders are interested in free agent running back Cedric Benson. If true, Benson would backup Darren McFadden and fill the role left by Michael Bush, who went to the Chicago Bears this offseason. Through four years in the NFL, Darren McFadden has yet to play a full season.
Benson was not re-signed by the CIncinnati Bengals this offseason, who instead elected to go with former New England Patriot BenJarvus Green-Ellis as their starting running back. Since hitting the free agent market Benson has garnered little to no interest from NFL teams, until now.
That's not to say that Benson wasn't a suitable starter for the Cincinnati Bengals, as he ended up finishing each of the last three seasons with over 1,000 yards. However, he never became the star he was projected to be coming out of the University of Texas. When crunch-time fumbles became an issue this past season, it became clear that Benson's days in Cincinnati were numbered.
For the Oakland Raiders, Benson would serve as a more than suitable backup. He has proven his abilities in the NFL, so if (when) McFadden goes down, Benson should be able to fill in and produce.