Chicago Bears general manager Jerry Angelo had some kind words for his former running back Cedric Benson in yesterday’s Chicago Tribune.
Cedric Benson looked like a different player in Cincinnati. Why didn’t he play like that in Chicago?
His mind-set when he was here was not the same as what it was in Cincinnati. Humility is a great teacher. We’ve been on the other end of it, too, when a player has come here after being humbled. We rewarded him based on his potential and the draft system and didn’t see that hunger they saw in Cincinnati. He’s a very good football player. We knew that. I don’t think anybody believes the reason he is no longer on our football team is lack of talent.
Benson, who put up more than 900 combined yards and a pair of TDs in 12 games with Cincinnati last season, is reportedly the Bengals’ top priority heading into free agency. They would like to get him locked up before March 1, and Benson said after the season that they would have the inside track in retaining his services.
Inking Benson and getting Levi Jones healthy would significantly expand the Bengals’ options in April. At the moment, offensive tackle looks like a must in the first, and absent Benson RB would almost certainly require at least a mid-round pick.