Cedric Benson: Chicago Bears' Big Bust gets Busted

John FalcettaSenior Analyst IMay 4, 2008

Cedric Benson was arrested last night on charges of boating while intoxicated and resisting arrest.

Reportedly, he even had to be pepper sprayed and "dragged to the shore" to be arrested by Texas police.

For Bears management, this should be the final straw in the Benson saga. Now, he has to go.

Benson has had legal problems before.

He was sentenced to eight days in jail in 2003 for a misdemeanor trespassing charge after forcing his way into an apartment to look for a reported stolen TV. In 2002, misdemeanor drug and alcohol charges against him were dropped.

I am always the first one to say "innocent until proven guilty" and to give people their day in court. But I say Benson should be gone for many different reasons other than this arrest.

In his time in Chicago, Benson has made Ron Dayne look like Barry Sanders. Bears fans have taken to calling him Curtis Enis 2.0.

He has run the laundry list of things not to do in the NFL:

  • Held out as a rookie,
  • Alienated teammates with a poor attitude,
  • Has a sense of entitlement and lack of conditioning,
  • Has been injury prone,
  • Worst of all, has not performed up to expectations.

I almost forgot the tendency for fumbles when he finally did get to play. The numbers, or lack thereof, are astounding for a No. 4 overall pick.

Last year, Benson took over as the featured back after Thomas Jones was traded away. He rushed for 674 yards, four touchdowns and 3.4 yards a carry before going on injured reserve in November.

In three years with the Bears, Benson has rushed for 1,593 yards and 10 touchdowns, averaging 3.8 yards a carry. He’s also missed 13 games.

That's the stuff all-time busts are made of. Now, the Bears can wash their hands of Cedric Benson once and for all.