The Oakland Raiders know the importance of having a productive No. 2 running back on its roster. Especially when your No. 1 running back – while extremely talented – has a history of suffering from season ending injuries that limit the team on offense.
That is currently the case in Oakland with Darren McFadden. When he is on the field, McFadden is one of the more explosive running backs in the game today. The problem is that he is not always on the field enough to see just what he is capable of doing over a full season.
That is why the Raiders are reportedly set to sign free agent RB Cedric Benson, who most recently played for the Cincinnati Bengals.
It makes sense for both parties involved. Benson was wearing thin with the Bengals over the past couple of seasons, although he was still relatively productive on the field. But with the emergence of Bernard Scott and the signing of former New England Patriots RB Benjarvus Green-Ellis, it was time for Benson to move on to a new venture at 29 years of age.
And from a Raiders perspective, McFadden does get hurt quite often, and Michael Bush is no longer there to carry the load on offense, having signed a free agent deal with the Chicago Bears to take some carries from Matt Forte, if or when he decides to show up to camp. Oakland did sign Mike Goodson to help back up McFadden, but Benson is a much more attractive insurance policy.
So while no deal is imminent, expect Benson to sign with the Raiders within the next few weeks, provided he can pass a physical and agree to terms of a one or two year deal with plenty of incentives.