Sorry for the inconvenience here as far as where I got this idea from but just to give a quick reference to it, early this morning I happen to read some side articles over on the CBS sports page and one of them had a particular side story about possible grumblings in Cincinnati dealing w/ Cedric Benson. Now before totally dismissing this I thought about this as I sat here watching the playoffs and came on reading about the deal w/ Asomugha's contract void. And while many will probably focus on him and the idea of their team landing him, I thought about one of those needs that the Lions have that needs to be filled but doesn't have to be filled by some stud player but rather a situational player as Best right now is still being given the keys to RB situation in terms of him being part of the Long term future of what this team assembles.
Now to go a little more in depth and summarize on what the article spoke of was the fact that Benson behind his OC and the Bengals line, season before this, had racked up 1200 yds on the season as well as leading them to that AFC division title and this season they played more from the pass, and his carries went too far down. I read around on some of the fan sites and noticed that there was a sense of sympathy for him from the fans because they know it too, anyhow add that to their current record as well as the team being disgruntled, unfocused and not headed in right direction possibly and the thought that if his OC stays too pass happy he wouldnt want to stay anyways and you kind of seeing where this is going. He's unrestricted this year and could choose not to resign.
I know what your going to say .... "But we are a pass happy team' ... well yea in retrospect but Detroit also needs to establish a ground game, need someone that can move piles and can also be used in 3rd and short where they havent been consistent and doesn't have to be super long term while Best learns and stuns replays over the next couple of years as he matures. Not to mention I'm sure in some ways they want to rely on the run more w/ someone who is solid between the tackles. Well thats where Benson can come in and he started in the NFC north can play cold weather games and knows the division a vet that can be gotten on a smaller contract and come in and compete for a starting spot pushing Best and Morris, notice i didnt say Smith, w/ Logan coming in for those trick plays or speed plays giving Best a rest if needed ....In order for Matt to stay upright i do believe some sort of a semi respectable ground game needs to be established and a name needs to be established behind that run game, as it will take the pressure off of Matt and not force him to pass as much, as well as keep the defense guessing a little more. I do think there's enough room on Detroits running back roster for a player like this, whether or not he would be the answer would be left to the football field and any given Sunday. Your thoughts ?