David Cornwell, the lawyer for Bengals running back Cedric Benson, confirmed via text Thursday evening they met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in New York City about the assault charge in Austin, Texas. He’s not sure if Goodell will make a call before the season or wait to see if the case is resolved in court.
“The Commissioner and Cedric had a frank and productive discussion regarding the benefits of playing in the NFL as well as the price to enjoy those benefits,” Cornwell wrote. “Cedric is his best advocate and I believe the Commissioner was pleased with their discussion.”
Benson also has an advocate in his head coach. Marvin Lewis said earlier this week that Benson was “jumped” and “sucker-punched.”
Benson is rated 17th among running backs at 4for4 and is projected to be an early fourth round pick. He's coming off a good year last season, so he's going to be counted on this year as an RB2 on a lot of teams. This will be an important ruling to keep an eye on.