When the Cincinnati Bengals acquired Cedric Benson two years ago, they knew they were taking a risk. After showing some promise, he was released by the Chicago Bears following arrests for driving a boat while drunk and then drunk driving, both over a short time span. The Bengals are certainly no strangers to hosting players who have been in legal trouble, so they probably figured it couldn’t hurt.
Now, they have to deal with another player who has been arrested. Benson was arrested for assault in Austin, Texas for an incident that occurred on May 30th during which he allegedly punched a bar employee in the face, proving once again that he’s incapable of staying out of trouble.
The Bengals signed the running back to a two-year deal worth $7 million after he proved he has plenty left in the tank when he came to them in 2008. Ironically, he was openly seeking a new deal a little over a week ago. Considering he’s only 27, the Bengals said they were open to discussing a new deal at the time. I’m going to go ahead and assume Cedric knew something was going to come of the bar incident and wanted to lock up a new deal before anyone found out. Smart businessman. However, he can certainly forget about any type of lucrative contract for the time being.
Cedric Benson busted for assault [Pro Football Talk]