Without Michael Bush backing Darren McFadden Raider Nation is understandable nervous. No need to explain why that is. Let’s not jinx it.
That’s why the rumors of the Raiders pursuing Cedric Benson sparked plenty of offseason conversation. Of course that was before Benson balked at the notion of playing for the veteran’s minimum (a cool 825K). And that was well before the same Benson inked a deal with the Green Bay Packers then ran his mouth about the two other teams that were pursuing his services. Apparently both Detroit and Oakland were in the running for the backup running back.
According to Benson he was only interested in playing for a team with Super Bowl aspirations. His quote says it all.
“They talk about a Super Bowl around here, not about winning their first playoff game.”
Stay class, Ced. I mean, it’s not like there aren’t a few Lombardi trophies in the Oakland cabinet. Maybe he’s too young or too ignorant to know that. Either way it looks like he did the Raiders a favor. No need to call out another organization. Benson should be happy somebody wants his services and should just leave it at that.
Then again, maybe Benson should focus on staying healthy. According to reports that paltry offer of $825,000 for one year of football he was unwilling to accept in Oakland is only worth $393,000 in Green Bay should he succumb to injury. Either way this is how is career will likely conclude – as a reserve running back that barely avoided the bust label thanks to a couple of productive seasons.