Purely speculation on our part, but with the recent drunken induced bar fight, in which Cedric Benson, the workhorse running back for the Cincinnati Bengals punched an employee of Annie’s West bar in the face on May 30, the Bucs might have just found a trading partner to unload underachieving RB Derrick Ward to.
Benson, who has past transgression and run-ins with the law, as he was arrested twice in a one-month span while he was with the Chicago Bears, will no doubt be meeting with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on the horizon and a suspension is forthcoming, due to Benson’s troubled past. And will fall under the umbrella of the leagues personal conduct policy. Whether or not Benson get’s a two-game or four-game suspension will dictate the urgency, in which the Bengals scramble to solidify their backfield.
The Bengals who pursued Ward last off-season before he ultimately signed a four-year $17 million dollar contract with the Bucs. Was a huge disappointment in his first season wearing pewter & red and when you count his off-season plight, with regards to his lackluster showing in OTAs and minicamps thus far and the rise of undrafted free agent Kareem Huggins the proverbially iron just might be hot enough to strike a deal with the Bengals.
If a trade were to take place, it would essentially allow the Bucs to move there best all around back Earnest Graham back to his more natural position of running back without missing anything in the process as the team is very high on fullback Chris Pressley, who by the way is an ex-Bengal. It would also give the Bucs additional ammunition in-case they felt like trading for a left tackle.