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Packers sign Benson

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Veteran free-agent running back Cedric Benson with the Cincinnati Bengals.
Veteran free-agent running back Cedric Benson with the Cincinnati Bengals.

It took a weekend of negotiating but the Packers have signed veteran running Cedric Benson.  The 8th year pro out of Texas was the number one pick of the Chicago Bears but wore out his welcome with disappointing production and off-field incidents including drunk driving arrests in a car and on a boat.  He ressurected his career in Cincinnati where he rushed for over a thousand yards in each of the last three seasons with the Bengals.  Benson, 29, reportedly signed a one year contract for the veteran's minimum of $850,000.00.  To make room on the roster, the Packers placed free agent rookie tight Eric Lair on injured reserve after he suffered a knee injury early in camp.   Under league rules, Benson will only be able to practice in shells for the first two days, making it unlikely he'll appear in the Pack's pre-season game against the Cleveland Browns at Lambeau Field on Thursday night.

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