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Did the Bears "blackball" Cedric Benson before signing with the Bengals?

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It's not like we can ever truly understand what someone like Cedric Benson is thinking. First of all, we're a bunch of blue collar hard workers who wish they had enough money for the Merit Fitness 725T Treadmill -- yes, I'm being forced into getting "healthy". Which means eating leaves. Which means no more necessary late snacks. Which means no more Mountain Dew. Which means crappy light beer. Pain in the ass.

Anyway, one has certainly argued the same point we've heard countless times with draft pick busts. And by means, Benson was a bust for the Chicago Bears. But what really happened in Chicago? Benson has a perspective, even claiming that the Bears talked bad about him while other teams were looking into signing him before the Bengals did.

"I heard all the rumors that were said coming out of Chicago," Benson said. "Even the Bengals told me all the things, that they would call and inquire about me and get nothing but negative things. Just that I didn't work hard, that I was I guess a prima donna or I didn't work hard on the field, just wasn't focused, just anything negative that they could say, it was said. I'm sure that contributed largely to me not getting picked up right away."

"You know how in drafts teams always want you to agree to something before they pick you or they're probably not going to go with you?" Benson asked. "There was a bit of that before I was picked. I never agreed to anything but still managed to get picked there."

For Chicago's part, they denied any of this happened. Now all of that is in the past and now he's found a home in Cincinnati, Benson is happy.

"Dreams are coming true," Benson said. "It's a wonderful feeling, and I will promise you that I will take full advantage of it all the time."

Bengals fans are happy too.