Things have gone from bad to worse for now former Bears running back Cedric Benson, who today cleared waivers, meaning no one picked him up. Any of the other 31 teams in the league could have claimed Benson, but no one evidently wanted the baggage that comes along with the former number one pick that could include a suspension due to his recent drunk driving arrest.
Teams likely also looked at the fact that they would have had to assume the last two years of Benson’s contract, at $820,000 for 2008. As it now stands, Benson is an unrestricted free agent. He has gone quickly in three years from the 4th overall pick in the NFL Draft to a player without a team.
Benson will get a crack somewhere in 2008. Wait for teams to start having injuries in the backfield, or for some team to have some struggles early in the running game, and Benson will be back in the NFL somwhere this year. What will be interesting to see is how desperate a team will have to get in order to take a chance on a player who has been that injury prone, as well as in trouble with the law twice in a matter of about a month.