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Cedric Benson reportedly draws interest from Raiders

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There hasn't been much interest in Cedric Benson this offseason, but we expect a suitor to come calling before training camp.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Tuesday the Oakland Raiders are intrigued by the former Cincinnati Bengals running back.

Benson might be the best among a lackluster crop of free-agent running backs. When we took a look at that group in May, Tim Hightower and Joseph Addai were still available and LaDainian Tomlinson had yet to announce his retirement.

Benson and Oakland loom as a fit. Michael Bush left for the Chicago Bears, so the Raiders are hunting for backfield depth. Oakland houses one of the league's premier runners in Darren McFadden, but his durability remains an issue; he's played in only 20 games over the past two seasons. When McFadden was lost to injury in 2011, the Raiders went south in a hurry.

Cincinnati had its fill of Benson and his off-field dramatics, but the Raiders' interest isn't surprising.

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