Apparently one preseason game in San Diego was all Packers GM Ted Thompson needed to see in his running back position.
According to ESPN’s Chris Mortenson, free-agent running back Cedric Benson is in Green Bay Friday night and expected to sign with the Packers.
Cedric Benson is in Green Bay, expected to sign with
#Packers, per sources
— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) August 10, 2012
In the Packers 21-13 loss to the Chargers Thursday, starting running back James Starks carried five times for 16 yards but dropped a pass and later lost a fumble on the exchange with quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Overall, Starks has had a disappointing training camp.
Second-year back Alex Green remains promising long-term despite returning from ACL surgery, and Brandon Saine has shown flashes early in his NFL career.
But Thompson obviously wasn’t satisfied with the position.
Benson, 29, has rushed for at least 1,000 yards in each of his last three seasons. Originally drafted fourth overall in 2005 by the Chicago Bears, Benson spent the last four years in Cincinnati with the Bengals.
The move has layers of intrigue, especially considering the Packers made little effort to bring back long-time starter Ryan Grant this offseason. Grant remains a free agent after spending the last five seasons in Green Bay.
There were reports earlier this offseason that the Packers had “checked-in” on Benson, but most dismissed the reports as nothing more than the Packers doing their due diligence to the free-agent market.