Discussion in 'Fan Zone' started by dbair1967, Aug 27, 2005.
they've made it a pay only article now...anyone able to access it and post?
I guess he needs more money for some more Pasta.
Not since quarterback Kelly Stouffer refused to sign with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1987, after the team made him the sixth overall player chosen in that year's draft, has a rookie held out for his entire debut season. Could tailback Cedric Benson, the top pick of the Chicago Bears, skip his rookie year and possibly go back into the draft next spring? It isn't likely, but you never know.
The media got way too excited Thursday when Benson, in Chicago on business totally unrelated to football, dropped in on Bears general manager Jerry Angelo for an impromptu meeting. The upshot of the 30-minute session, though, was no upshot at all. No negotiations took place -- agent Eugene Parker didn't even attend, nor did the people handing the talks for the Bears -- and the get-together accomplished next to nothing.
There are signs that Benson, whose absence from camp reached 34 days on Friday, is dug in for the long haul. He has shipped a couple of luxury automobiles that he had transported to Chicago a month or two ago, back to Texas. And word is he's prepared to sell off the pricey home he purchased. It might all be posturing, and nothing more, but Benson is known to his friends as a tough-minded guy who makes his own decisions on his future.
He's blowing it bad.
What contract was he offered and what is he demanding?
From what I keep reading Benson isn't being offered bad deals, it's his request are out of line from what is usually dictated in accordance of how your drafted.
He is messing this one up good. At some point he needs to settle down.
Maybe he just doesn't want to be a Bear and is trying to force a John Elway type of trade.
He wants guarantees like Phillip Rivers received last year at the #4 slot. He's not going to get it.
Benson's problem has nothing to do with him and everything to do with last year's draft. The Bears have offered a package that is properly slotted between what the 3rd and 5th picks this year got. His agent wants a package that's close to what the 4th pick last year received. Last year's 4th was Rivers and his total package was out of line do to the circumstances and rookie pool money.
As BP said, we've got the money and they've got to come get it... He's a rookie so it's not like he has millions stashed away, once he starts feeling the financial implications he will sign. And then he will get injured like all the other holdouts.
I didn't think he was much of a 1st round talent anyway...
The bears muff up yet again...