Last week Reggie McKenzie practiced one of the finer skills of being a general manager – gamesmanship. After the Raiders concluded their final offseason workout until the start of camp McKenzie expressed his happiness with the Raiders roster as is, even going as far to say that more personnel moves would have to wait until next offseason.
Of course any reasonable member of Raider Nation would agree that more help is badly needed in certain areas. Yesterday I voiced my concerns over Oakland’s lack of depth. One such critical position where depth is no longer a luxury is running back. The Raiders are another Darren McFadden injury away from revisiting the realm of Kyle Boller. Well…maybe the situation isn’t that dire but there is no longer the Michael Bush safety net to catch the Raiders’ running game should Run DMC do what most he often does – succumb to freakish mishaps.
That’s why despite McKenzie’s praise it comes as no surprise to hear rumors of the Raiders being interested in the services of free agent Cedric Benson.
Now that the free agency period has cooled off like a sober sailor waking up next to Paz de la Huerta the Raiders and their lack of funds can begin to bargain shop. Benson is right in that wheelhouse!
After resurrecting a disappointing career with three-straight 1,000-yard seasons in Cincinnati the Bengals opted to part ways with Benson. While he was never a top tier free agent there was plenty of reason to believe Benson would get an offer from some team.
Unfortunately for Benson the ever-changing NFL no longer values running back like it once did. Even Michael Bush had to wait it out until his number was called and he was viewed as the top free agent at his position.
For the Raiders Benson could be just what they need, a veteran to relieve McFadden and step in should another injury occur. As it stands the Raiders are gambling on Mike Goodson and Taiwan Jones to be the backup plan should McFadden falter. Perhaps neither or both of them will emerge but that’s all speculation. Benson, though no longer in his prime, is a proven commodity and that’s a trait McKenzie has to value no matter what he says publicly about his current roster.
So, what say you Raider Nation. Is signing Cedric Benson the right move to make?