Were the Detroit Lions really interested in running back Cedric Benson when he was a free agent? According to Benson, they tried to sign him before he accepted an offer to join the Green Bay Packers. According to Jason La Canfora, however, that wasn't the case.
Lions keeping eye on free agent RBs, like Ryan Grant, but never had interest in Cedric Benson -off field issues, age, # of carries a concern— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) August 14, 2012
This could very well be a case of spinning the story after the fact by both sides. Perhaps Benson was simply exaggerating the Lions' interest in him, and perhaps the Lions are just making it seem like there was no interest there.
Regardless, Benson is not a Lion, and he's no longer an option to sign should the Lions get to that point. At some point I have to believe they will bring in a veteran free agent with Mikel Leshoure still missing practice and Jahvid Best not cleared, but for now they are remaining in a holding pattern.