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Cincinnati Bengals starter Cedric Benson is an impending free agent and wasn't happy with the offensive changes this season.
Benson hasn't averaged more than 4.0 yards per carry in the past two seasons, and it may be time for the Bengals and Benson to move on.
Benson gained only 14 yards on seven carries in the Bengals' playoff loss against the Houston Texans this year. Benson also hits the dreaded age of 30 during next season.
The Bengals share a division with the Browns and know Hillis well. He would be a solid safety net out of the backfield for young QB Andy Dalton, offering better hands than Benson.
The Bengals have a bright future but must contend in the same division as the Ravens. Benson hasn't cracked 80 yards against the Ravens in two years and hasn't cracked 3.0 yards per carry in two games.
Hillis went over 100 against the Ravens twice in the past two years and had a monster 144-yard performance against them in 2010. Hillis did this without the benefit of a solid passing game like the one the Bengals are building with cornerstones Andy Dalton and A.J. Green.
Still just 26, Hillis could help establish the ground game against a Ravens team that sits atop the division.
The Bengals have the cap space to offer Hillis a little more, but that could also lead them to going after another back like Michael Bush, who some think is the more capable runner.