We already know Reggie McKenzie doesn’t have any cap space available to pursue pricey free agents. That Mike Brisiel was Oakland’s biggest splash in free agency says it all. For the most part that would have appeared to be the reason why the Raiders have shown interest yet have made no movement in the pursuit of free agent Cedric Benson.
While Oakland’s miniscule room under the cap is the biggest reason why they haven’t made an offer of any kind to Benson there is another issue that’s slowing the process. Benson himself admitted that he’s unwilling to sign with a team for the veteran’s minimum which is more than likely why he’s still waiting for a job offer of any kind.
I can certainly understand why a recently productive runner like Benson would be hesitant to jump at the notion of taking a major pay cut. But it’s July and he’s still unemployed. NFL camps are starting soon and before you know it teams will be moving on from looking over the talent they don’t have to actually practicing with the talent that is on the roster.
For the Raiders there is no doubt they could use a proven veteran backup as a Darren McFadden insurance policy. However the cap situation is what it is. McKenzie isn’t the overspending type and Benson seems like the stubborn sort so here we are. This standoff will end when Benson finally stops balking at the offers coming his way. Whether or not he finds his way into a silver and black jersey remains to be seen.
For now Benson needs to come on in and realize the running back market ain’t what it used to be. Besides, one productive year at the veteran’s minimum could lead to a bigger and better payday the following season. But never mind that. One year of getting paid to play football beats one year of losing money watching football. Right about now Benson needs to understand that his stance will lead to spending Sundays on the couch instead of the field.