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Cedric Benson had a productive 2011 season for the Cincinnati Bengals. His numbers were similar to his 2010 output with 1,067 yards and six touchdowns. Compare that to 2010, when he rushed for 1,111 yards and seven touchdowns. It should also be noted that he had 48 fewer carries last year.
So, no real drop-off for Benson, but he still remains unsigned. Why?
The answer could be his age (Benson will turn 30 in December). It could be his well-publicized police record (Benson has been arrested multiple times since 2008 for charges like boating while intoxicated and assault).
So there are some red flags. One team that's never been afraid of red flags, the Oakland Raiders, has shown interest in Benson, who has also expressed interest in playing for the Raiders.
The veteran running back would be a good fit for the Raiders, backing up and providing insurance for Darren McFadden. At this point in his career, he's not really suited to be the every-down starter.
Whoever picks him up will get a good, experienced back with more than a few miles left on the tires.