News of BenJarvus Green-Ellis' signing with the Cincinnati Bengals immediately shut out the possibility of Cedric Benson's return, but the former first-round draft pick still has some juice left in those legs, and there are certainly teams looking for a running back in 2012.
After three mediocre seasons and a rocky past with the Chicago Bears, Benson was released and eventually signed with the Bengals in 2008. Despite a slew of arrests from 2008 to 2011, Benson performed extremely well in Cincinnati, rushing for more than 1,000 yards in three consecutive seasons. The production was there for Benson, but his legal troubles off the field made him a risky asset.
Upon hearing the news of Ellis' signing, Benson posted a classy farewell on the Bengals website and thanked the organization as well as the fans for his time in Cincinnati. Who Knows? Maybe Benson's optimistic farewell is a sign of him turning over a new leaf in his life.
If you can look past his potential behavior problem there may still be hope for Benson getting a job with another team. Three consecutive 1,000 yard rushing seasons is hard to pass up.
Here are the four most likely landing spots for Benson.