Report: Cedric Benson has split contract with Packers

Running back would take pay cut if he lands on IR Brad Biggs

Print This August 14, 2012, 08:05 PM EST

Cedric Benson said one of the reasons he joined the Green Bay Packers was he wanted a chance to win a Super Bowl.

Maybe he had to make some concessions in choosing the Packers. That is because Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Benson accepted a one-year deal from the team for the minimum salary benefit. It’s also a split contract, meaning Benson will earn significantly less if he lands on injured reserve.

Per the report, the contract is for the veteran minimum of $825,000 and he will count only $540,000 against the salary cap because of the minimum salary benefit. More interesting is the split that would drop his contract to $393,000 if he lands on IR. Typically, teams only talk rookies and young unproven players into agreeing to splits. It could be the Packers made a hard stance.

McGinn notes the deal likely includes incentives for Benson, who is coming off three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, if he performs well.

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Brad Biggs covers the Bears for the Chicago Tribune

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