With Cedric Benson set to leave after being the workhorse RB the past four seasons in Cincinnati, Gruden would like to move to a two or three RB system. This keeps the backs fresh throughout the year and gives added dimensions to your offense, assuming your backs have different skill-sets. This is something the Giants have done over the years with Ahmad Bradshaw, Brandon Jacobs, and D.J. Ware. It wouldn’t make since to have Benson paired with a back like Rudi Johnson, who just pound out short gains. The Bengals have to find a more consistent pass-catching RB, something they haven’t had since Chris Perry’s brief career.
I actually hope this is true, because the Bengals have so much money to spend being $60 million under the cap, this would only hurt a team like Pittsburg, who’s over the salary cap, and perhaps help the Bengals land an elite free agent, like Mike Wallace.
Thomas would be a nice target for the Bengals at CB, as there is a growing belief that Leon Hall will start the 2012 season on the PUP list, and Thomas is close to the top of this free agent CB market.