Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that Benson, who missed 11 games last season with the dreaded Lisfranc foot injury, is nearing 100 percent in his rehab and will meet with Packers officials to talk about the possibility of him staying on board.
While there has also been much talk about the Packers drafting a running back with less wear and tear, Benson remains a possibility because he knows the system and is a veteran who may be retained for a song. However, the Packers have to think long-term as well.
For weeks, the Packers have been linked in many mock drafts with a running back draft in the first round – the most notable and highly mentioned has been Eddie Lacy. Both Benson and Lacy would also fit into the Packers’ mode of toughening up its squad – a team that has been deemed as soft, not only by the media, but by people within the organization and across the NFL.
The Packers, if they are going to draft a running back, should meet with Benson to gauge his physical condition and ability to come back – and they need to do it before the draft. How they view Benson could impact how they go about drafting.
The answer to whether Benson comes back will be answered when the Packers finish their draft this weekend.