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Bengals Would "Dearly Love" To Have Cedric Benson Back

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The Cincinnati Bengals would "dearly love" to have Cedric Benson back, who is an unrestricted free agent this year (whenever that begins), writes's Geoff Hobson. Dating back to 2008, Benson has rushed for 3,109 yards, 15 touchdowns, averaging 3.7 yards-per-rush and 65 receptions. Of the 35 games he's played since joining the Bengals, the team's "bell cow" has rushed for over 100 yards in 12 of those games; fifth most in franchise history. And his six 100-yard rushing games in 2009 set a franchise record for most 100-yard rushing games in a single-season.

He's placed his mark on the team. How far will that go? Who knows.

Along with Benson, Brian Leonard will also be a free agent. Looking into prospects through the NFL Draft, the Bengals have worked out Kansas State running back Daniel Thomas, Louisville's Bilal Powell and Penn State's Evan Royster. Rumored interest also includes Eastern Washington's Taiwan Jones, Hawaii's Alex Green and Syracuse's Delone Carter.

As of now the only signed running back through 2011, Bernard Scott, presents far too many durability questions for the team to feel comfortable with increasing his role as a feature back.