Veteran running back Cedric Benson told FoxSportsWisconsin.com he signed with the Green Bay Packers for a chance to win the Super Bowl and that the Raiders and Detroit Lions had also made offers.
“Both teams needed backs,’’ Benson said.
The Raiders’ interest, never confirmed by team officials, had been speculated for months and made sense of late given injuries to running backs Taiwan Jones (hamstring) and Mike Goodson (neck).
With Jones and and Goodson inactive in the preseason opener against Dallas, Lonyae Miller replaced starter Darren McFadden after three plays and gained 39 yards on 15 carries with a long run of seven yards.
Rashawn Jackson, listed as a fullback, came on late and carried three times for eight yards.
The early stages of the new regime with Reggie McKenzie as general manager and Dennis Allen have seemed to indicate a preference for developing young talent rather than veteran players with high miles.
Benson, 29, has gained more than 1,000 yards in each of the last three seasons for the Cincinnati Bengals but in the last two years has averaged under 4 yards per carry, gaining 3.9 yards per attempt last season and 3.5 in 2010.
With James Starks sidelined indefinitely with turf toe, Benson could evolve as Green Bay’s primary back.
That was unlikely to happen in Oakland, where McFadden looked healthy and explosive in the preseason opener with two rushes for 20 yards and gaining 18 yards on a screen pass on the first three plays from scrimmage.
Jones is listed as day-to-day with his hamstring strain and Goodson, who taken to the hospital last week with a neck injury, has no structural damage and is expected to return before the end of preseason.