Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that the Green Bay Packers gave RB Cedric Benson deal worth the veteran’s minimum base salary of $825,000 and includes no bonus money.
Should Benson get injured and end up on the team’s IR list, his salary would drop to just $393,000.
Head coach Mike McCarthy did mention that he “(feels) he’s in shape.”
The Packers will get him ready for the following weeks game against Benson’s former team the Cincinnati Bengals.
To make room for Benson, the team placed TE Eric Lair on injured reserve.
It was initially assumed that this move was in response to a poor training camp from James Starks, but it now appears that Starks is dealing with a turf toe injury, which will almost certainly limit his playing in the immediate future. The Packers will have to get Benson as soon as possible, so he should see some decent playing time in their second preseason game.
Benson’s name previously surfaced as an option for the Packers, but the idea had yet to gain much traction before this. The Packers are obviously concerned about their running game now that James Starks is having a hard to being productive on any level. Alex Green figures to see some amount of playing time, but it’s fairly clear that they’ll give Benson a shot for to prove himself.