Schefter: Raiders looking at Cedric Benson

I have been waiting for months for this one to develop.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Oakland Raiders are showing interest in free agent running back Cedric Benson.

I’ve long thought this is a logical pairing. The Raiders lost backup Michael Bush to Chicago in free agency, and while starter Darren McFadden is a star, he is not durable.

McFadden’s backups are Mike Goodson and Taiwan Jones. Goodson didn’t have any carries with Carolina last year and Jones is more of a change-of-pace back. If signed, Benson would provide terrific experience as a backup and as an injury replacement.

Benson, 29, had 1,067 yards last season. He has not garnered much interest in free agency but Schefter reports that some other teams have been looking. Oakland has shown the most interest. At this point, Benson will likely have to sign a modest contract and Oakland should pursue him.

In other AFC West news:

New Kansas City right tackle Eric Winston regrets that the players allowed NFL commissioner Roger Goodell absolute power in decisions such as player discipline.

Former Denver quarterback Tim Tebow won the annual Good Guy award from the Pro Football Writers of America for his cooperation with the media while with the Broncos in the 2011 season.