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09:48 AM ET 08.11 | In practically every way, this move would deviate from the Ted Thompson playbook. He's 29 years old with more than 1,500 career carries on the odometer. By running back standards, Cedric Benson is a dinosaur. The Green Bay Packers current crop of backs is young and the general manager typically prefers patient player development over veterans who may get in the way. And there's the checkered past. Benson has been arrested multiple times. Of course, in 2010, Thompson passed on the troubled Marshawn Lynch. But two weeks into training camp, Thompson has apparently felt compelled to do something about the Packers' running game. One day after a miserable 21-13 exhibition loss to the San Diego Chargers in which two of their three running backs fumbled, the Packers are on the cusp of signing Benson. An NFL source told the Journal Sentinel Friday that a deal was not done, but is "probable." Rather than re-sign Ryan Grant or stick with a trio of players with two seasons of experience or less each, the Packers appear to be going with the durable Benson.

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August 11, 2012  10:03 AM ET

Somebody's job must be on the line

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August 11, 2012  10:27 AM ET

Desperate? After 1 preseason game? I don't think the Packers act that way...

August 11, 2012  10:27 AM ET

Every year the Packers go through 3-4 RB's getting hurt, it seems.

Maybe this isn't as bad a move as it appears. I'm not a big fan of Ced... But the dude plays hard. And he isn't hurt all the time.

August 11, 2012  10:30 AM ET

How much money is guaranteed?

Will there be a morality clause?

He can always be cut.

August 11, 2012  10:43 AM ET

Having a Veteran around is Good Idea!

August 11, 2012  10:50 AM ET

Benson. Packers got the blues.

August 11, 2012  11:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Every year the Packers go through 3-4 RB's getting hurt, it seems. Maybe this isn't as bad a move as it appears. I'm not a big fan of Ced... But the dude plays hard. And he isn't hurt all the time.

There are very few teams with that one "dominant" runningback anymore....running backs by committee..situational runners etc.. Along with less stellar offensive lines have made it necessary for that 3-4 back running attack..

August 11, 2012  11:54 AM ET

Wow--one game. They must really not like what they have seen so far, or else they are just floating a rumor to light a fire under someone

August 11, 2012  12:32 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Wow--one game. They must really not like what they have seen so far, or else they are just floating a rumor to light a fire under someone

Actually it's not one game, they see a lack of improvement over the 17 games of last season (actually add the previous season to that). Most Packer fans think this is a good idea. Just don't let him have a boat.

August 11, 2012  01:07 PM ET

I guess Starks isnt working out for the Packer

August 11, 2012  01:11 PM ET

They've won as many titles with a dominant back (A.Green) as they have without and with the new arena league rules, who cares. Make Kuhn the #1 back. The issue really isn't who is running as it is who he's running behind.

August 11, 2012  01:27 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Benson is not a fit for Green Bay.

beg to differ he can eat clock time keeping the D resting on the bench it's more a matter of does he still have it or can anyone on that line run block

August 11, 2012  02:12 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

I guess Starks isnt working out for the Packer

Oh he fumbled again in preseason!

August 11, 2012  03:01 PM ET

I'm more worried about the Packers seasonal problems in the secondary, pass rush, pass block, injuries, and the lack off pass coverage by Hawk. As last year clearly illustrated you can't live on "bread" alone.

August 11, 2012  03:25 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Benson is not a fit for Green Bay.

Sure he is.

August 11, 2012  03:26 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

I'm more worried about the Packers seasonal problems in the secondary, pass rush, pass block, injuries, and the lack off pass coverage by Hawk. As last year clearly illustrated you can't live on "bread" alone.

You should be worried.

August 11, 2012  03:27 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

beg to differ he can eat clock time keeping the D resting on the bench it's more a matter of does he still have it or can anyone on that line run block

He is only 29.

August 11, 2012  04:04 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

He is only 29.

The starting age for the decline of RB's in the NFL (or hopefully for Cedric 30)

 
August 11, 2012  04:07 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

I'm more worried about the Packers seasonal problems in the secondary, pass rush, pass block, injuries, and the lack off pass coverage by Hawk. As last year clearly illustrated you can't live on "bread" alone.

See Quote 13 for one way to help remedy this problem also think of this teams throw constantly against them cause they are almost always behind so of course they'll have bad pass defense #'s

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