The discovery may not mean anything moving forward, but running back Cedric Benson told Adam Schein of Siruis XM Radio in an interview Tuesday that the Green Bay Packers have given the free agent “check-ins” this offseason.
Benson, who rushed for over 1,000 yards with the Cincinnati Bengals last season, has garnered very little interest on the free-agent market. The New York Jets and Oakland Raiders, who are still widely believed to be the front-runner for his services, were also mentioned by Benson as teams who have shown a level of interest.
However, Benson proved he is still completely out of touch with his current value on the free-agent market, as he was clear to Schein that he wasn’t willing to play for the veteran’s minimum next season. That alone may rule him out as a viable option for the Packers in the future.
More than likely, Packers GM Ted Thompson was being complete in his survey of the running back position when he checked in with Benson. At 29 years old, with wear and tear on his tires and a history of run-ins with the police, Benson certainly doesn’t fit the profile of a free-agent pickup Thompson would make.
The Packers still appear to be comfortable with James Starks, Alex Green, Brandon Saine and two undrafted free agents—Marc Tyler and Duane Bennett—as the team’s running backs heading into camp. Former Packers running back Ryan Grant has received little interest from Green Bay in a potential return, which speaks much louder than any check-in with Benson this offseason.