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Cedric Benson Claims He Turned Down Offer From Oakland Raiders

Cedric Benson, who signed with the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, says that he also turned down offers from the Oakland Raiders and the Detroit Lions, according to Inside Bay Area.

A seven-year NFL veteran, Benson had enjoyed a late-career surge with the Cincinnati Bengals after a disappointing career in Chicago. Averaging over 1,000 yards a season the past three years, Benson was a workhorse for the Bengals and proved that he still has the power and skills to be a lead back in the NFL.

Which is exactly why he decided to sign with the Packers instead of the Lions or Raiders.

The Raiders were certainly in need of a running back with Taiwan Jones and Mike Goodson both missing the first preseason game with injuries. Yet Oakland has a healthy Darren McFadden to fall back on, who showed off his dynamic skills in the preseason game against Dallas.

Because of McFadden's firm grasp of the starting job, Benson likely looked to sign with a team where he'd have a better shot at the starter's job and found that with Green Bay.

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