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Raider Nation is torn concerning the proposition of signing Cedric Benson this season.
On the one hand, Benson gained 1,067 yards on the ground last year, finishing 17th on the regular season rushing list. On the other hand, the Raiders do not need to involve themselves with more players who make headlines for being arrested again rather than having a great game.
There is a reason that Benson is a free agent with only modest offers on the table, if any at all.
Yes, he's averaged 1,143 rushing yards per season over the last three years, but Benson's off-field drama can not be understated as the Raiders look to redefine their values under new head coach Dennis Allen.
Benson suiting up in silver and black this season is not out of the question, but with Goodson, Jones, as well as fullbacks Marcel Reese and the newly signed Owen Schmitt already on the roster and putting in reps at training camp, it seems more of a distraction than anything else to bring the ex-Bengal on board.
Downside: everything else
Time spent around the blogs and in comment sections paint contrasting pictures as to just how important all the speculation around Oakland's backfield is this summer. In a perfect world, Run DMC bulldozes the AFC over on his way to the rushing title and the playoffs. No injuries, no nonsense, no more stories about lingering questions in the backfield.
In the real world, it pays to have a backup plan or three and to go over them again and again.