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Raiders showing more interest in Cedric Benson

Cedric Benson

Cincinnati Bengals running back Cedric Benson stands alone at the end of an NFL wild card playoff football game against the Houston Texans Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, in Houston. The Texans won 31-10. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

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Running backs might have become devalued, but it made little sense that Cedric Benson was still looking for work.

That might be changing, as Oakland’s showing interest in bringing him in, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Benson’s coming off three straight 1,000-yard seasons, and at 29 years old, shouldn’t have hit the wall.

Darren McFadden’s clearly the guy in Oakland, but they don’t have much behind him.

They traded spare-part for spare-part to get Mike Goodson from Carolina (in exchange for backup offensive lineman Bruce Campbell), but Goodson’s more of a flashy return man with a fumbling problem, capable of a home run and a strikeout in consecutive carries.

After Michael Bush left for Chicago, he cleared what seems to be an obvious spot for Benson, and it looks like that’s getting closer.