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Packers sign RB Cedric Benson

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The Green Bay Packers were in need of a running back and Cedric Benson was in need of a team that wanted him, so the two got together when the Packers signed Benson to a contract, the team announced Sunday.

The length of the contract was not announced, but ESPN.com reported that it's a one-year contract for the veteran's minimum of $825,000.

Benson, 29, rushed for more than 1,000 yards each of the past three seasons for Cincinnati, but the Bengals showed no interest in re-signing him.

The question is whether he has anything left after seven NFL seasons and averaging 298.3 carries over those last three seasons.

But James Starks, who's listed as the Packers' starting running back, has not performed as well as hoped.

"The Packers were looking for big things from James Starks in his third season," the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported this month. "So far, they haven't seen it."

Starks suffered a turf toe injury on Thursday and may be out for a week.

In addition, Brandon Saine (hamstring) has not practiced, Alex Green is coming off knee surgery, and Ryan Grant was not re-signed.

Despite going 15-1 in the regular season last year, the Packers ranked 27th in rushing offense.
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