Cedric Benson, who was drafted in 2005 by the Chicago Bears, has been let go by that team. Benson has played three years of a five-year contract. He was waived on Monday, June 9. Over the weekend, Benson had just been arrested on his second DUI charge in a month.

Benson was a top prospect in the 2005 draft. The Bears chose him fourth overall after he rushed to over 5,500 yards while at The University of Texas at Austin. In 2004, Benson received the Doak Walker Award for being the top running back in college. That same year he was also an All-American.

Bears general manager Jerry Angelo observed that Benson’s repeated behavior problems could no longer be tolerated, noting, “everyone in this organization is held accountable for their actions.”

The running back, who has put in three disappointing seasons with Chicago, possesses fine acceleration and power. His ability to utilize his balance, speed and drive are definite pluses. But Benson has had trouble with the law, run-ins with his teammates, and a questionable work ethic.

In three seasons, he’s played in 35 regular season games, averaging just 11.8 games per year. In 2007, Benson appeared in just 11 games, carrying the ball 196 times for 674 yards. He averaged a mere 3.4 yards per carry, scoring four touchdowns and making three fumbles.

Benson could be picked up by another team.

Paul mroczka
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