The Green Bay Packers are making news at the running back position ahead of the 2013 NFL draft.
According to Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the Packers have waived running back Brandon Saine, who signed as an undrafted free agent in 2011 but missed most of 2012 with an torn ACL.
#Packers have released RB Brandon Saine. Missed last season with a knee injury.
— Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) April 24, 2013
Saine carried 18 times for 69 yards in 2011, but suffered an ACL tear against the Houston Texans in Week 6 of last season. He appeared in six games in 2012 but recorded no stats.
The fact that the Packers are cutting him now is a discouraging sign regarding his recovery and long-term future in the game. According to his agent, Saine has not yet passed a physical.
While Saine is on his way out of Green Bay, another familiar name might be making his return.
Unrestricted free agent Cedric Benson, who appeared in five games for the Packers last season, was in Green Bay Wednesday.
According to this tweet, the visit went well:
Wonderful meeting with the pack! Never thought I’d say it felt good to be in Green Bay????!!
— Cedric Benson (@Cedric_Benson) April 24, 2013
Despite reports that his Lisfranc injury is nearly healed, there’s been no official word yet if Benson has indeed re-signed. GM Ted Thompson certainly doesn’t have to make a decision on Benson’s future before the draft.
The Packers have a clear need at running back, and it’s a position the team will likely address during this week’s draft. Even if Benson eventually returns, Green Bay is expected to draft someone at the position.
In the scenario where the Packers do not select a running back, Wayne Larrivee of the Packers Radio Network has heard veteran Ahmad Bradshaw as a potential option in Green Bay following the draft.
Keep hearing former Giants RB Ahmad Bradshaw might be a fit for @packers if they do not draft a RB this weekend.
— Wayne Larrivee (@waynelarrivee) April 24, 2013
If anything, this flurry of news points to one obvious truth: The Packers are well-aware of their needs at the position, and they’ll eventually be adding—whether it’s through the draft or free agency—a running back or two to the roster.
Zach Kruse is a 24-year-old sports writer who contributes to Cheesehead TV, Bleacher Report and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He also covers prep sports for the Dunn Co. News. You can reach him on Twitter @zachkruse2 or by email at email@example.com.