2010 Season Recap: Benson wasn't as effective as he was in 2009 (his YPC dropped dramatically), but some of that blame can be put on the line. He still ran for over 1,100 yards.
Big Question: Considering his most recent arrest, is it worth it for the Bengals to re-sign Benson to a big deal?
Analysis: You probably have one of the following two opinions on this matter.
A) You think that Benson's last chance to prove he's matured was coming to the Bengals and his most recent arrest proved he's still the same old punk and his attitude and behavior could seriously harm the dynamic of a young team.
B) You think that with a rookie QB and a lot of young receivers the offense needs to lean on Benson heavily like in 2009 and he's the teams top priority this offseason.
Both are legitimate arguments. The Bengals will need to run effectively this year, and it's pretty clear Bernard Scott is nothing more than a change-of-pace guy. Benson has rejuvenated his on the field career in Cincinnati and has been the centerpiece of the offense the last two years.
But he did screw up again and a line has to be drawn somewhere.
I actually think this most recent arrest could be a blessing in disguise for the Bengals. Cedric was due for a big time payday this offseason, whether it was with the Bengals or someone else. His newfound legal troubles and possible looming suspension will no doubt hurt his value and lose him money.
The Bengals are in position to re-sign him for only a fraction of what they would have had he never been arrested.
Or maybe we could stop becoming a team notorious for giving criminals second, third, and in the case of Chris Henry, (God rest his soul) fourth chances.
Answer: Sign Benson to a short-term deal. If he wants anything more than three years, let him walk. It's not worth the risk. Obviously the Bengals are a much better football team with him but throwing a huge contract at an injury-prone back with character issues is not a good idea.