Benson could be much lengthier holdout

Cedric Benson is unlikely to hold out for the entire season, but there are signs that he's dug in for a lengthy absence.

Updated: August 26, 2005, 1:07 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli |
Not since quarterback Kelly Stouffer refused to sign with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1987, after the team made him the sixth overall player chosen in that year's draft, has a rookie held out for his entire debut season. Could tailback Cedric Benson, the top pick of the Chicago Bears, skip his rookie year and possibly go back into the draft next spring? It isn't likely, but you never know.

The media got way too excited Thursday when Benson, in Chicago on business totally unrelated to football, dropped in on Bears general manager Jerry Angelo for an impromptu meeting. The upshot of the 30-minute session, though, was no upshot at all. No negotiations took place -- agent Eugene Parker didn't even attend, nor did the people handing the talks for the Bears -- and the get-together accomplished next to nothing.