Even before Cedric Benson faced alcohol-related charges in Texas in the off-season, he was on thin ice with the Chicago Bears. Benson -- who flashed during the Bears' Super Bowl season in 2006 with 647 yards, a 4.1 yards-per-carry average and six touchdowns as part of a backfield tandem with Thomas Jones – slumped last year to a 3.4 average and four TDs on 191 carries.
So with the NFL cracking down on bad off-field behavior, Benson couldn't have picked a worse time to be arrested for boating while intoxicated on a Texas lake in May with a resisting arrest charge included. And then after Benson's strong declaration of innocence garnered him some sympathy, he was picked up in a DUI incident a month late.
By that time, the Bears had had enough and cut him and he remains, as they say in the NFL, on-the-street.
Now comes word that a Travis County (Texas) grand jury has declined to indict Benson in either case. That's as complete an exoneration as someone can get. The county attorney said that there were "problems in both cases."
There's justice and then there's justice. The system certainly may have worked in clearing Benson but you have to wonder if it's all too late to salvage his career.