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Would Cedric Benson Be the Right Fit for the New York Jets?

By Alan Schechter

Jan 07, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Cedric Benson (32) rushes against the Houston Texans during the first quarter of the 2011 AFC wild card playoff game at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-US PRESSWIRE

The draft is over, and we get back to the possibile free agent acquisitions that are still available. Former head coach Eric Mangini was on TV saying today that the Jets are the best fit for Cedric Benson. But is that true? Let’s take a look.

He is still under 30 (29), and his stats have been good over the last three years. Three straight 1,000 yard seasons is nothing to sneeze at. However, take a closer look at 2011 between Benson, and Shonn Greene, and you will learn interesting information. Greene, for all there is that we don’t like, averaged 4.2 yards per carry, Benson only 3.9. And Greene’s average was behind our “wonderful” offensive line. Think about that. Benson carried the ball 20 times more than Greene, but only recorded 14 more yards. Benson doesn’t get the average per carry, only rushing for over 4 yards per carry as a full time starter in 2009.

Benson is also a bit more careless with the football than Greene, Greene with only 1 fumble in 2011 vs Benson’s 5. (Comparing only 2011 because this was the only season that Greene has been the full time starter).

Shonn also recorded 2x was many receptions as Benson in 2011 (Greene 30, Benson 11).

Finally, Cedric Benson has some character issues. He was suspended for one game due to an off the field incident. Now, I am not saying that guys can’t work through that, Braylon Edwards had his troubles and maintained his good performance level with the Jets. However, I don’t know if a team that already has issues around it, needs this type of person in the locker room.

Bottom line? The artist formerly known as the Mangenious is right, Benson would help. But is he the right fit? I am not so sure.