Cedric Benson clearly outplayed the two-year, $7 million contract he signed last season. Benson, who is set to become a free agent after the 2010 season, has approached the Bengals about a new deal. The Bengals are interested in talking, but no firm timeframe has been set. Benson is coming off the best year of his career, having rushed for 1,251 yards and six touchdowns in 13 games. He has shown the burst and powerful fluidity that once made him a high first-round pick in Chicago. His patient running style is perfect for Cincy’s new ground-oriented offense.
One might think Benson is better off just playing out his contract and becoming a free agent. But given the tenuous status of the 2011 season, and the fact that Benson is already 27 years old, now is probably the most opportune time for Benson to get paid. But don’t expect a holdout if the Bengals drag their feet on this one.
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