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Good morning everyone! I hope you all are having a good weekend up to this point. Now grab yourself a bowl of cereal, a cup of coffee, a box of donuts, or as in my case all of the above, and take a break from whatever it is you're working on.

Alright so with the talk of free agency and the speculation as to where players may end up I thought I would talk about something different.

We all know Cedric Benson is going to be a free agent. And there's a significant portion of the Bengals nation that would like to see him return to Cincinnati. Well if he does return then I only want it to be for one more season.

Why is that you may ask? Well it's simple. After the 2011 season there are going to be some big name free agent running backs that are set to be free agents, granted they don't sign extensions with their current team.

After the 2011 season Adrian Peterson, Peyton Hillis, Ray Rice, Frank Gore, Matt Forte, and Ryan Grant are all set to hit the open waters. Could you imagine a backfield that has any of those players as the running back. That would be epic if the Bengals were willing and able to pursue any of those guys.

If I had to single out an individual from this group it would have to be Ray Rice. Why Rice? Well he has the least amount of wear and tear from that group. Entering the 2011 season Rice has only carried the ball 668 times for 3,013 yards. That's an average of 4.5 yards a carry. And he's only fumbled the ball three times in his entire career.

Another reason I prefer Rice over anyone else is that he's only 24 years old. If the Bengals were able to lure him away from Baltimore then it would give them a fearsome offensive attack that would consist of Andy Dalton, Jermaine Gresham, Jordan Shipley, A.J. Green, and Andre Caldwell or Jerome Simpson(that's the speculation that only one fo those two receivers will be with the team after the 2011 season).

Now add Ray Rice to that offense and the Bengals would be practically unstoppable. Rice might provide the kind of punch and energy that the Bengals are looking for.

Hey one can hope, right?

Alright here's a look at what you may have missed or overlooked from Wednesday.