The signing of running back Cedric Benson goes against the grain of Ted Thompson’s draft and develop concept which has proved successful in Green Bay but Thompson said the Packers needed another running back for the season, Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
“We did a lot of work on Cedric, as you do at all positions, we were constantly watching tape,” Thompson said Tuesday morning. “Eliot (Wolf) and his crew were doing up evaluations and we get together as a group and watch stuff. We like what we saw with Cedric, as we went further into training camp, we realized that you can never have enough horses. It’s a tough position to play, a tough position durability-wise to stay out there. We felt like he’d be a good addition to our group and we think he can help that group out.”
“What that means, whether he’s the starter and all that, that will be determined down the road. We just felt like adding another quality back was good for us at this time.”
“I don’t want to talk about Cedric’s private affairs other than to say we have had a conversation and I was comfortable with it,” Thompson said. “He understands that maybe he made some mistakes in the past and maybe he’s a little more mature and farther down the road in terms of developing in that regard. We felt comfortable after that.”