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lamberts-lost-tooth
06-10-2008, 04:18 AM
Bears release Benson following 2nd arrest
Monday, June 09, 2008

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) Chicago Bears running back Cedric Benson was released Monday following his second alcohol-related arrest in a month.

"Cedric displayed a pattern of behavior we will not tolerate," General Manager Jerry Angelo said in a statement. "As I said this past weekend, you have to protect your job. Everyone in this organization is held accountable for their actions."

The troubled running back did not participate in organized team activities on Monday, and it was unclear whether he showed up at Halas Hall.

Benson's agent Eugene Parker and attorney Sam Bassett did not return messages seeking comment before the announcement that he'd been waived.

The Bears had already made it clear they were losing patience with Benson when they drafted Tulane's Matt Forte in the second round in April. Three ineffective, injury-plagued years during which Benson at times annoyed teammates with blunt comments left management looking for another running back. And that was before the recent brushes with the law.

"When individual priorities overshadow team goals, we suffer the consequences as a team," Angelo said. "Those who fail to understand the importance of 'team' will not play for the Chicago Bears."

Benson's rocky relationship with the Bears took a turn for the worse when he was arrested on a drunken driving charge in Austin, Texas, early Saturday after failing a field sobriety test. The former first-round draft pick was released on bond.

The former first-round draft pick was also arrested May 5 and charged with boating while intoxicated and resisting arrest on a lake near Austin. Both cases are pending.

Bassett said Saturday that the former Texas star had a few drinks with dinner but didn't think he was intoxicated, although he acknowledged his client would "probably be in trouble with his team."

Benson was pulled over for running a red light and refused to take a breath test or provide blood samples Saturday, Austin police spokeswoman Veneza Aguinaga said.

Bassett said Benson thought the light was yellow when he went through around 2 a.m. but stopped immediately when police appeared, and he added that Benson told him he wasn't speeding or driving recklessly.

The last thing he needed was more trouble.

A few promising glimpses aside, Benson has not lived up to the hype that accompanied him to the NFL when the Bears took him with the fourth pick in 2005. He has 1,593 yards and 10 touchdowns while averaging 3.8 yards a carry for the Bears after running for more than 5,500 yards and 64 touchdowns at Texas.

Benson also has a June 30 court date for the May arrest while operating a 30-foot boat on Lake Travis -- an incident in which authorities used pepper spray to subdue him. No court date had been set for the latest incident as of Monday afternoon.

With Benson gone, Forte has a big opportunity.

"I'm not going to sit here and doubt myself or my talent," Forte said before Benson was released. "I believe that I can come in and play."

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Aussie_steeler
06-10-2008, 04:32 AM
I just dont understand the mentality of some. You are priviliged to have talent and are priviliged that an NFL team throws buckets of money at you to play a sport you love.

In return you act like a fool and throw it away.

Lets hope he makes a better fist of it if he is given a second chance.

Galax Steeler
06-10-2008, 06:07 AM
I just don't understand this to mess up his carrer with alcohol it looks like he would have learned from the first time I guess some people never learn.

fansince'76
06-10-2008, 07:11 AM
I just dont understand the mentality of some. You are priviliged to have talent and are priviliged that an NFL team throws buckets of money at you to play a sport you love.


Well, that's just it - if he could've actually cut the mustard at the NFL level, he'd have at least 5 or 6 more chances coming (see Pacman, Chris Henry, etc.). When you're a first round bust, your margin for error is quite a bit smaller, however.

TackleMeBen
06-10-2008, 08:21 AM
i bet the bears are wishing they had kept jones now instead of benson.

lamberts-lost-tooth
06-10-2008, 09:12 AM
My "Matt Forte for Offensive Rookie of the Year" forcast...is looking better and better...!!!

revefsreleets
06-10-2008, 09:26 AM
(snicker snicker)
"Boy, he'd sure look good in the B&G for vet minimum"

Dino 6 Rings
06-10-2008, 09:37 AM
I think the fact that runningback is a very deep position in the modern NFL and that there is more and more talent that can play at least consistantly at the Pro Level leads to a lot of these guys being let go from their teams.

Its about time too.

tony hipchest
06-10-2008, 09:56 AM
(snicker snicker)
"Boy, he'd sure look good in the B&G for vet minimum"

damn. beat me to it.

"...compliment to willie :blah: ....jerome bettis...:blah: .... goal line back ...:blah:...learned his lesson....:blah:.... 2nd chance....

but damn, with benson, s. alexander, lamont jordan, kevin jones, etc. where the hell was this plethora of backs when jerome retired and we were picking up najeh davenport off of the scrapheap? :doh:

im sure patfans have a multi page threads up on benson being their next moss/dillon reclaimation project. according to them, they should bring all these guys in to back up faulk, maroney, and morris. :rolleyes:

theyre like sharks in the water anytime a player is released regardless of any issues.

anyways, i found a parting gift for ced....

http://forums.steelersfever.com/showthread.php?t=17579&highlight=bear+mace

"bear mace" :sofunny:

fansince'76
06-10-2008, 10:04 AM
im sure patfans have a multi page threads up on benson being their next moss/dillon reclaimation project.

Corey Dillon is guaranteed to be a 1st-ballot HoFer due entirely to his service with the Patriots. (gurgle, slurp)

NM

:chuckle:

lamberts-lost-tooth
06-10-2008, 10:16 AM
im sure patfans have a multi page threads up on benson being their next moss/dillon reclaimation project.

OHHH but then they can swear that he was actually part of a government sting operation that took 27,865 drunk drivers off the road.

Cedric Benson...a real American Hero:usa:


(:jerkit:)

rbryan
06-10-2008, 10:44 AM
I'm guessing the Bears FO is thrilled at the opportunity to cut thier ties with this mutt saving million$ now that he's breached his contract.

Maybe Jerry Jones has room for one more turd on the roster......opps I forgot, as stated earlier, if he wasn't already considered a bust he would have been given at least one more chance by the Bears.

I've been on vacation, has Pacman killed anyone in Dallas yet???

Texasteel
06-10-2008, 01:56 PM
When Benson came out of school I thought he would do real well. Not only is he a bust as a player, he's a bust as a person.

lilyoder6
06-10-2008, 07:12 PM
the only time benson was good was when he was running behind jones.. if he wants to be productive again he needs another rb

Preacher
06-10-2008, 07:16 PM
Corey Dillon is guaranteed to be a 1st-ballot HoFer due entirely to his service with the Patriots. (gurgle, slurp)

NM

:chuckle:

:buttkick:

TackleMeBen
06-10-2008, 07:22 PM
I've been on vacation, has Pacman killed anyone in Dallas yet???

not yet anyway, but with all the security that jerry jones has on him, i dont think he has had the chance yet...but give it time...lol :wink02: