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Bengals list Benson as their top-priority, even after offering Derrick Ward a contract

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A league source tells Pro Football Talk (three postings of that exact wording in a row) that the Bengals still have Cedric Benson listed as their top priority in free agency. It was also reported early this morning that the Bengals were one of five teams that offered Derrick Ward a contract. However:

Per the source, the Bengals prefer Benson because he's a couple of years younger than Ward. And Benson has shown that he can be a featured back; Ward was merely a complement to Brandon Jacobs with the Giants.

I can't argue that. And apparently cost isn't the issue here from the team's perspective, offering two upper-tier running backs in free agency.

OK, your turn. Benson or Ward?


Rushing Receiving
G Rush Yds Y/G Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Y/G Avg Lng TD
2008 - Cedric Benson 12 214 747 62.3 3.5 46 2 20 185 15.4 9.3 79 0


Rushing Receiving
G Rush Yds Y/G Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Y/G Avg Lng TD
2008 - Derrick Ward 16 182 1025 64.1 5.6 51 2 41 384 24.0 9.4 48 0