Bengals, Benson OK deal

Published 11:39 pm Sunday, July 31, 2011

GEORGETOWN, Ky. (AP) — The Bengals have agreed on a one-year deal with running back Cedric Benson, who was an unrestricted free agent but wanted to stay in Cincinnati.

Coach Marvin Lewis says he’s happy to hear the news. Benson has been the Bengals’ leading rusher since 2008. He worked out with the rest of the team in Cincinnati in June even though he was a free agent, showing how much he wanted to stay.

Benson was arrested in July on a misdemeanor charge of assaulting his former roommate in Texas. He could face discipline from Commissioner Roger Goodell.

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The Bengals need a dependable running game as they transition to rookie quarterback Andy Dalton and an inexperienced group of receivers.