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Packers' signing of Benson a move in the right direction

Green Bay Packers' General Manager Ted Thompson has not been one to acquire free agents, especially those who are getting up their in age.

But, Friday's reports by ESPN's Chris Mortenson show the Packers will be signing free-agent running back Cedric Benson. Benson, despite his age, 29, has rushed for 1,000 yards or more his last three seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Besides his age, Benson hasn't been exactly a model citizen. He's been numerous times on various misdemeanors for assault and alcohol violations.

Still, Benson brings experience, durability and life to the Packers' non-existent run game.

With James Starks having troubles hanging onto the ball during Thursday's preseason game, the Packers are wise to bring in a seasoned veteran to push him.

Since Thompson will likely acquire Benson for a heavily discounted salary and for the short-term, there's no reason not to sign the running back with seven years of experience under his belt.

The Packers are a pass first team--but they must realize running sets the tone of a football game and it converts short yardage situations, something the Packers have struggled with.

When Thompson completes this deal, likely before the weekend is over, some will scratch their heads. It may, however, be just what the Packers need.

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