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Unless the Cincinnati Bengals know something he doesn't, running back Cedric Benson will be playing elsewhere in 2012. Benson has led the team in rushing for the past four seasons, including three consecutive campaigns of 1,000-plus yards. Cincinnati, though, has made no effort to re-sign Benson as he heads toward unrestricted free agency on March 13 when the NFL signing period begins. "We haven't had any talks about a new deal, re-signing or anything like that to my knowledge," Benson told me and co-host Ross Tucker on Sirius XM NFL Radio. "I'm not sure where things are laying up there in Cincinnati." If he has taken his final snap for the Bengals, Benson will be leaving on a down note. His role greatly diminished in Cincinnati's final three games as the Bengals relied more heavily on the Andy Dalton-led passing game. Cincinnati (9-7) reached the playoffs but dropped its final two contests, including a 31-10 first-round loss at Houston in which Benson only received seven carries...
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