The Green Bay Packers signed veteran running back Cedric Benson as a solution to their running attack. Benson languished on the free agent market for months before finally agreeing to terms with a new club. His addition to the Packers offense will significantly improve their rushing offense. Despite his age, 29, Benson is still a productive back.
Benson has recorded three straight seasons of over 1,000 yards and at least six touchdowns. His 1,000 yard streak might be in jeopardy this season while playing in the pass-centric Packers scheme. He also is not known as a pass catching back, recording a career high 28 receptions in 2010 with the Bengals.
The signing of Benson now significantly reduces James Starks‘ fantasy football value and the move speaks volumes about the Packers confidence in their other backs. The move also signifies that Ryan Grant must be spent. Grant has an intimate knowledge of the Packers offense and has had success in the Green Bay scheme, yet he remains on the free agent market.
Benson should now emerge as the Packers goal line back and should receive the bulk of the carries for the Packers. Benson should now be considered for a RB3 role on several teams. There are some favorable matchups this season with contests against the Colts, Rams, Cardinals and Vikings on the schedule.