Former Louisville center Mario Benavides participated in the Cincinnati Bengal’s rookie minicamp over the weekend. Surprisingly, Benavides went undrafted a few weeks ago and had reportedly signed as a free agent with the Kansas City Chiefs shortly after the draft.
I’m not exactly sure what transpired over the last couple of weeks, but instead of reporting to Kansas City, Benavides was one of nine players trying out for the Bengals minicamp over the weekend.
When Benavides signed with Kansas City in April, his free agent contract was on a tryout basis and nothing was guaranteed. This means he had no official obligation to the Kansas City Chiefs. I can only assume that Benavides and his agent felt that there was a better situation for him in Cincinnati.
In his four year career at Louisville, Benavides started 47 games as a senior was a finalist for the Rimington Award, which is given to the nation’s stop center.